B.B. was the second person voted off of the show. Across tribes from the grumpy but lovable Rudy, B.B. was "the other old man," an abrasive and hard-nosed man's man. According to the website kcconfidential.com, B.B. was a multi-millionaire, an international businessman and a "major donor" to the Republican Party. According to the same article, Attorney Dwight Sutherland had this to say about his cause of death:
He basically had a massive stroke and brain cancer (sometime this summer) and was in an out of hospice for months now." - Dwight Sutherland via kcconfidential.com
B.B. was said to not have been fond of his time on Survivor. Here is a candid podcast interview held with B.B. back in January: Survivor Oz podcast with guest, B.B. Andersen.
More background on B.B. can be found on his Survivor Wiki page.
Fellow tribe mate and original "Survivor" contestant Joel Klug reacted today to the news:
I was shocked. We butted heads a lot on the show, but got along well afterwards. I actually took the news a lot harder than I thought I would. I was emotional over it. For me, he was definitely a part of my life. Getting to know him after the show a little bit, he was a pretty inspirational guy who had a lot of accomplishments. We were in touch for a few years after the show. He was the man. He lived an exceptional life. I don't think I'll ever meet anybody else like him." - Joel Klug
[UPDATED: From original article] Gervase Peterson, who was also a tribe mate of B.B.'s on Season 1 and is currently competing in Season 27, gave this statement to Examiner.com on Friday:
B.B. Andersen was a great guy. During the first season he was our leader. I think we was the best shelter builder in the history of the game. He was very smart and played the game he wanted to play. He was fun and will be missed." - Gervase Peterson
Others from the original cast and from other seasons of the Survivor family were contacted for comment and I will post their statements in the coming days, along with my extended discussion with Joel Klug.
B.B. is the second former "Survivor" player to pass away, following Jen Lyon's death from breast cancer in 2010.