According to PEOPLE , the 40-year-old New Hampshire attorney died suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 31.
Kay's obituary highlighted his role on the famous program, sharing his "desire to be challenged and his quest for adventure led to his participation on the reality show, Survivor."
He was the eighth person to be voted off of Survivor: Gabon, which originally aired in 2008.
Kay is survived by his two children, Reese Elizabeth and Jackson "Jax" Russell-Reid, girlfriend Jennifer DePietro, mother Jean-Ann, and sister Andrea.
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