Big Brother news is sad today because first season houseguest Cassandra Waldon passed away. The BB1 cast member suffered a severe car accident overseas that left her in a coma. Longtime watchers may know the Maryland native was part of the show’s inaugural season. She started one of the most well-known superstitions in the fandom. Host Julie Chen Moonves even celebrated her life through a touching Instagram post. But who was Cassandra Waldon?
Big Brother Season One: Original Houseguest Cassandra Walton
Not only was she the first person to ever enter the Big Brother house, but she was also the one that began a big curse. Fans refer to it as the “First to Enter Curse” because the first person to enter has never won on either the US or Canadian versions of the show. The only one to ever overcome the curse is Celebrity Big Brother (CBBUS2) winner Tamar Braxton.
Back on BB1, Cassandra Waldon was the first to be brought back by a twist after an eviction. Her castmates banished her. Then, they were ordered to pick one they banished to return. Ultimately, Cassandra ended up in sixth place out of the ten players and lasted a total of 72 days in the house. After the Big Brother season, she returned to her job as a United Nations staffer.
Cassandra Waldon Passes Away
Sadly, Cassandra Waldon died on Wednesday, September 25. Big Brother fans learned the news from Julie Chen, who posted a tribute to the late woman on her Instagram. Cassandra was 56-years old at the time of her death and is the second United States player to pass away.
According to reports, the woman was working overseas in Rome when she was involved in a car accident two months ago. She had suffered a head injury that she couldn’t recover from. Our thoughts are with Cassandra’s family during this difficult time. But may she forever live on in their memories.
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