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Gay 'Survivor' Contestant Caleb Bankston Dies in Train Accident

Caleb Bankston, who competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water with his fiancé Colton Cumbie, died in a train derailment at Birmingham's Alabama Warrior Railway where he worked, according to People. adds: Bankston

Cumbie's Twitter account is protected but according to The Daily Mail, he wrote, 'I just wish it was me....'

Details of the accident are not known.

Caleb, who was a Locomotive Engineer/Conductor at Alabama Warrior Railway, according to his Facebook page, finished in the top 10 when he competed with Colton on Blood vs. Water.

"Caleb was an amazing man and friend," fellow contestant Aras Baskauskas told PEOPLE. "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."

TMZ updates:

Bankston -- a contestant on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" last year  -- was checking on something in the small space between two of the cars when the train went off the tracks. Cops say the rear car slammed into the forward car ... with Bankston caught helplessly in between.

Since this is an industrial accident, Birmingham PD says the Federal Railroad Administration and the railway company’s safety officer will conduct separate investigations.

So far, it is unknown what caused the derailment. We're told there was one oPublishther worker on the train at the time of the crash ...  he was not injured.

Bankston was one of the kindest, most patient Survivor contestants in recent memory.

Watch a scene that displays the devotion to his fiancé Colton, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jeff Probst Strips Down for 'Two and a Half Men': PHOTO


Survivor host Jeff Probst brings home the bacon, and not much else, in tonight's episode of Two and a Half Men.

Probst spoke about his cameo with the Today show:

I don’t hesitate when someone offers me something like that. And all jokes aside, being naked, couldn’t care less. That was fun. It was fun to put myself in that position. It’s also fun to make fun of yourself. Really, seriously, who is going to turn down a chance to be on that show? I’m all in. And if they call again and say we need you again, and we’d like you to get naked again? Let’s go. My slate is clean.

Gay 'Survivor: China' Winner Todd Herzog Battling Alcoholism - VIDEO

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Survivor buffs will remember Todd Herzog as the winner of the 15th season of the long running reality show, which took place in China back in 2007. Herzog became the second (and most recent) openly gay man to be crowned Sole Survivor.

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 9.23.48 AMMore recently, however, Herzog appears to have been struggling with a sad and very serious alcohol addiction and will be seeking an intervention on an upcoming episode of The Dr. Phil Show later this month.

As Dr. Phil puts it bluntly: "I've never talked to a guest that's closer to death than this one."


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High Gay Drama on 'Survivor: Blood vs Water' [SPOILERS] - VIDEO



On last night's Survivor: Blood vs. Water, viewers were treated to a hissyfit from gay Republican Colton Cumbie the likes of which have never before been seen on the show. Colton's episode inspired a fierce chewing-out from host Jeff Probst

Watch it go down (start at 2:00 in the first clip) and the aftermath, AFTER THE JUMP...


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New 'Survivor' Season Will See the Return of Gay Republican Villain Colton Cumbie: VIDEO

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Every season of Survivor brings a new twist, and this fall's (the show's 27th!) is no different. Titled Survivor: Blood vs Water, this season will consist of ten returning players each competing against their very own loved one. Included in this list is the infamous Colton Cumbie, the gay Republican bully of last year's Survivor: One World, now accompanied by his finacé Caleb Bankston.

Check out a video of the couple, AFTER THE JUMP...

Colton 2Survivor fans will no doubt remember Colton as the racist, elitist contestant whose manipulative antics squandered his all-male tribe's early victories, paving the way for an all-female final five that season.

By the second week, Colton had secured his place as the season's big vilian by convincing his tribe to give up their immunity idol (a no-no in the game of Survivor) so that he could vote out fellow tribemate Bill (pictured left), whom Colton considered "ghetto trash". At that night's tribal council, Colton told the African-American stand-up comic to "get a real job" before listing all the Black people he interacts with in his everyday life (i.e. his housekeeper).

Later in the season, Colton showed his insensitivity to little people by calling Leif an "Oompah-Loompah" to his face and saying "that little Munchkin needs to get knocked back to Oz." In the end, Colton was pulled from the game on the 16th day due to appendicitis, getting the premature and unceremonious exit he deserved. 

Hopefully his fiancé Caleb will be able to keep Colton's aggressive personality in check this season...

Survivor: Blood vs Water premiers Wednesday, September 18th. 

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