Gold Rush: White Water has lost one of its finest stars. According to a statement released by his family this week, “Dakota” Fred Hurt died on Tuesday at the age of 80 with family by his side.

The Discovery star lost her battle with brain cancer following a brief period of illness, it was revealed. He only received the diagnosis four months ago.

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He first appeared in the television program Gold Rush before getting his spinoff, Gold Rush: White Water, which aired from 2018 to 2023. Additionally, he appears in Gold Rush: The Legend of Porcupine Creek and Gold Rush: South America.

His most recent post was on the Fourth of July when he appeared to be in good health at a parade. The heartfelt family statement was posted to Facebook. ‘“Dakota” Fred Hurt passed away this morning surrounded by family,’ began the note as the family shared an image of him smiling from ear to ear while in the great outdoors.

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It was added, ‘He fought courageously in his battle against cancer. Fred touched many lives and was loved and supported by many.’ The post also made it clear where they would like donations sent. ‘If you feel inclined to donate on Fred’s behalf, please consider donating to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation in Fred’s honor.

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In the 2018–2019 television series Gold Rush: White Water, Hurt and his son Dustin got their spinoff. They were part of a team that battled the elements and nature while searching for gold in whitewater collection pools at the foot of Alaskan waterfalls. Additionally, he appeared in the shows Gold Rush: South America and Gold Rush: The Legend of Porcupine Creek.