Discovery TV star and Gold Rush favorite Dakota Fred Hurt has died. He was 80.
News of Hurt’s death was announced by his family in a statement posted to his Facebook page Tuesday. “‘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,” the message read.
Reflecting on the passion he had for his career that rose to new heights after appearing in Gold Rush‘s debut season, his family added, “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.”
His colleagues remembered him as someone who had a “joy for life and adventure,” in a tribute shared on the series’ Instagram page.
“The Gold Rushfamily is deeply saddened to learn of …