G. McConway
July 14, 2023

'Gold Rush' Star Dead at 80

The "Gold Rush" is one of Discovery's more popular shows on its long list of reality shows.

On that show, Fred Hurt, known as "Dakota" Fred, was one of the more popular featured characters on the show.

Sadly, he passed away this week at the age of 80, reported Los Angeles Times.

Lost Battle with Cancer

Hurt's family confirmed that the reality star had died.

The statement read, "'Dakota' Fred Hurt passed away this morning surrounded by family. He fought courageously in his battle against cancer. Fred touched many lives and was loved and supported by many," reported Fox News.

The statement continued, "If you feel inclined to donate on Fred's behalf, please consider donating to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation in Fred's honor. Having worked in skilled labor for the majority of his career, Fred was passionate about teaching others these valuable skills."

Fans of the series immediately paid their respects. One fan stated, "RIP Fred! You're an incredible example! I'm Thankful to have gotten to know and respect you throughout the Gold Rush series. Many Fans, I'm one too!"

The "Gold Rush" official page also paid tribute, "The Gold Rush family is deeply saddened to learn of Fred Hurt's passing. His joy for life and adventure was contagious. We share our heartfelt condolences with his family, friends, and all who loved him.

"He left his mark on this world. Rest in peace Fred. Hope there's some streams of gold where you have gone."

Prior to passing, Hurt had addressed his health with fans, stating, "Thousands and thousands of you have responded to me about my diagnosis and have sent your support. The outpouring of support, prayers and blessings have impacted me incredibly.

"It's hard to explain in a physical way, but I can tell you that every single one of your well wishes have literally reached me, encouraged me and have provided strength and I thank you folks for that."

Rest in peace, Fred, your fans will miss you.

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