Heartbreaking scenes on Survivor as star's mother dies

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Lee left the series after hearing the tragic news of this mother's stroke. Photos: Channel Ten/Instagram

Monday night's episode of Survivor: All Stars was an emotional one to watch as fan favourite Lee Carseldine found out his mother had a stroke and wasn't likely to survive.

Lee’s mum Elizabeth 'Beppie' Carseldine passed away while he was filming the reality show in Fiji last year, but fans were able to see the moment a producer took Lee aside to break the tragic news to him.

He broke down in tears telling his campmates the horrible news.

“My mum had a massive stroke and I don't think she's going to make it,” he said to Tarzan.

“I've gotta go home guys, I've gotta go home. It's real bad, it's bad.”

Tragically Lee wasn’t able to make it home in time, with his mother passing away within an hour.

The 44-year-old has since also revealed he was only able to speak to his mother 40 days before her death over the phone.  

“I just told her that I loved her, just like I did every other day that I spoke to her,” he told The Herald Sun.

“Of course you carry a little bit of guilt, being so far from home, but it didn't really matter where I was, I would never have been able to get to her in time to say goodbye anyway.”

Lee shared images of the emotional scenes from the show with fans on Facebook, thanking his fellow Survivor contestants for their support.

“These images will stay with me for the rest of my life. A time of absolute despair and devastation,” he wrote.

“Although my grieving process is in full swing the show must go on and Mum and I will enjoy watching the remaining few weeks of this special show that has given me so much.”

The former cricketer originally shared the devastating news with fans back in September, at the time revealing he had been oversees ‘working on a project’.

“My mother unexpectedly suffered a massive stroke and passed suddenly while I was away,” he wrote.

“I have lost the most amazing human in my life,” his tribute continued.

“A pillar of love, support, integrity, empathic and nurturing soul that has been right by side throughout every triumph and disaster in my life. It is because of her that everyday I strive to be a better human.”

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