Rudy Boesch, the oldest contestant on the hit show “Survivor” has died at 91.
Rudy Boesch of “Survivor” has died due to complications from a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease his family has reported!
Aside from being a contestant on the show, Boesch was a decorated Navy SEAL serving for 45 yeas.
Steve “Gonzo” Gonzalez, director of operations at the SEAL Veterans Foundation, confirmed his death in a statement saying;
“We can confirm that Master Chief Rudy Boesch passed away last night. He was surrounded by his family and passed away peacefully,” the statement read. “He proudly served our nation from 1944-1990 and his impact on the men and women of Naval Special Warfare and the Special Operations Command is immeasurable.”
The statement continued, “Rudy’s legacy and reputation as the “Master Chief” will live on forever in the SEAL Teams and those who enjoyed his company. … Rudy was beloved by all and will be deeply missed.”
Boesch appeared on the inaugural season of Survivor: Borneo in 2000 when he was 72 years old finishing the season in third place. One of Boesch’s closest friends on the show who ultimately became the winner Richard Hatch also released a statement via Twitter saying;
“Ours was an interesting bond, Dear Rudy! You and I helped open minds and undermine predjudces [sic]. While your time here has passed, you will remain loved and iconic, dear friend!”
While on the show, Boesch gained so much attention being the oldest competitor the show had ever seen that after his elimination, they decided to bring him back for “Survivor: All-Stars,” in 2004 when he was 75. He was later the second person to be eliminated!
Boesch’s service being a Navy SEAL began in 1945 at the end of World War II. He was chosen as one of the first Navy SEALS in 1962 retiring in 1990. During his time in service, he completed two combat deployments during the Vietnam War, earning the Bronze Star for heroic action.
Boesch is proceeded in his death by his wife who passed in 2008. He is survived by his three children.
We will keep his family and those who loved him in our prayers.