Thailand’ Runner-Up Dies at Age 66

Clay Jordan

Survivor: ThailandAlum Clay JordanHe died on Thursday, May 19, 2009. He was 66.

The former reality star’s daughter, Shanda JordanOn Thursday, he was confirmed by Facebook.

“Clay Brooks Jordan, my sweetheart of a Dad, went to heaven to meet Jesus and be reunited with his beautiful bride,” she wrote. “Andy and I are so heartbroken, but we get comfort from knowing they are together and he is no longer in pain. We love you, Dad! You will forever be my HERO!”

Shanda added: “I am just so heartbroken. It is hard to let go of Dad. But I know that you are with Mom now and not hurting. You are my HERO! My HERO! I love you!”

Clay participated in the fifth installment of CBS’s competition series in 2002. The Louisiana native, who was also a restaurant owner was the second-place finisher on his season. He finished second Brian Heidik.

One day prior to his death, Clay’s daughter revealed that he was ill and was in the hospital.

“Please say prayers for my Dad. He is in ICU and having a hard time,” she wrote via Facebook on Wednesday, May 18. “God has a plan and whichever way that may be I just do not want him to suffer. Please pray. I will update later. Thank you everyone.”

Friends and fans mourned the loss via Social Media on Friday, 20 May.

“He was portrayed as a villain on Survivor Thailand but Clay Jordan was one of the greatest men I’ve ever known,” one woman tweetedAlong with photos of the late star. “He will be missed by everybody who knew & loved him. He may already have a game of golf going in Heaven. The Survivor family lost a great one today.”

A SurvivorFan page also shared memories of Clay via twitter writing, “The SurvivorAnother member of our community has been lost. #RIP Clay Jordan who appeared in the 5th Season of Survivor: Thailand. He was well-respected during his season, but off the show, he was quite cool. My love & prayers to his family, fellow cast, #Survivor alumni.”

Clay passed away three months after his wife, Linda Sue Jordan, died following a battle with kidney disease, per daughter Shanda’s Facebook.

The late CBS competitor is survived by his and Linda’s two children, Shanda and son Andrew Jordan, and several grand-children.

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