caleb bankston dies colton cumbie survivor blood vs water 'Survivor's' Caleb Bankston, Colton Cumbie's fiance, killed in a railway accident“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” contestant Caleb Bankston (right) was killed in a railway accident Tuesday (June 24). The Associated Press first reported of the accident at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham and now People has confirmed that Bankston was the victim. Details about the accident are not available at this time.

Bankston was a popular player with fans during his time on “Survivor,” offering a redemption of sorts for his partner Colton Cumbie, who was not as popular with fans after his previous time on the show. The two were planning on getting married this fall, Bankston told Zap2it in his “Survivor” exit interview.

“Colton and I … are planning our wedding for Oct.
11, 2014 in Connecticut and then comes the starting of the house build
and then we will be looking into surrogacy as soon as he finishes his
student teaching and graduates school in May 2015,” said Bankston at the time.

“Survivor” alums and other members of the reality TV family have been expressing their shock and sadness about the accident:

  • “Turns out there’s some very sad news in the #Survivor family tonight: Rest in Peace Caleb Bankston.” — Rob Cesternino
  • “I never met Caleb but, like many Survivor fans, I loved him on B vs. W. This is horrible news. So sad. Seemed like such a wonderful man.” — “Big Brother’s” Ragan Fox
  • “Caleb was an amazing man and friend. One of the sweetest and most sincere humans I’ve ever
    come across. I am gutted by his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with
    his family.”
    — Aras Baskauskas to People
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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."