Dakota Fred Hurt dies at 80: 5 things to know abou the ‘Gold Rush: White Water’ star

Here are some key facts about Dakota Fred Hurt, the late reality show star and gold prospector.

Published on Jul 13, 2023   |  07:39 AM IST  |  189.3K
Dakota Fred Hurt (Dakota Fred/Facebook)
Dakota Fred Hurt (Dakota Fred/Facebook)
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  • Dakota Fred Hurt has died at the age of 80
  • Hurt lived for only four months after being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer

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Dakota Fred Hurt, a prominent figure in several Discovery reality shows centered around gold prospecting, has died at the age of 80. His family confirmed that he succumbed to brain cancer after a short battle. Here are five things to know about Dakota Fred Hurt.

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Brief battle with brain cancer for Dakota Fred Hurt

Hurt lived for only four months after being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. His family's Facebook post expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support he received during his illness.

Dakota Fred Hurt's journey from North Dakota to Alaska

Hurt initially began his career as a gold prospector in North Dakota. However, it was his appearance on the reality show Gold Rush, where he ventured into gold mining in Alaska, that brought him recognition and a wider audience. He was featured in the first four seasons of the show.

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Dakota Fred Hurt (Dakota Fred/Facebook)

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A spin off for Dakota Fred Hurt with his son called Gold Rush: White Water

Alongside his son, Dustin, Dakota Fred Hurt embarked on a spinoff called Gold Rush: White Water in 2018. The series continued until this year, following their quest for gold in treacherous whitewater collection pools situated at the base of Alaskan waterfalls. Throughout the show, they battled against nature and its elements.

Other appearances for Dakota Fred Hurt

In addition to Gold Rush and its spinoff, Hurt made appearances on other related shows. These include Gold Rush: South America and Gold Rush: The Legend of Porcupine Creek. His expertise and passion for gold prospecting made him a familiar face among fans of the genre.

Dakota Fred Hurt is remembered fondly

Dakota Fred Hurt left a lasting impact on the lives of many. His passion for gold mining, adventurous spirit, and determined nature resonated with viewers worldwide. His contributions to the world of reality television and his unwavering pursuit of gold will be remembered by his fans and peers alike.

Dakota Fred Hurt's untimely passing at the age of 80 marks the end of an era for fans of the gold prospecting and reality television communities. His dedication, resilience, and unwavering pursuit of gold captured the hearts of viewers around the world. Dakota Fred Hurt's legacy will continue to shine bright, inspiring future generations of gold enthusiasts and reminding us to always chase our dreams with unwavering determination. Rest in peace, Dakota Fred Hurt.

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What happened to Dakota Fred Hurt?
Reality TV star “Dakota” Fred Hurt, whose taken fans on his thrilling hunt for gold on Discovery's “Gold Rush” and “Gold Rush: White Water,” has been diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Despite what he called a “dark diagnosis,” he's still looking for more adventures he can share with his supportive fans.

Did Fred Hurt pass away?
Dakota Fred Hurt, the veteran prospector who became a fan favorite on Discovery's reality TV series Gold Rush and went on to appear on several spin-offs, died Tuesday at 80. His family announced the news in a statement posted to Hurt's Facebook page.

How old is Dakota Fred Hurt?
Gold miner “Dakota” Fred Hurt, who starred in the early seasons of the Discovery reality series Gold Rush before landing his own spinoff Gold Rush: White Water, has died at the age of 80.

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Jul 13, 2023
Dakota Fred was a class act! Also hardest working I have ever seen at his age. RIP FRED! 🙏
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