– Dakota Fred Hurt passed away on December 23, 2021
– He was a key member of the Gold Rush and Gold Rush: White Water reality TV series
– Fans remember him as a genuine and passionate gold miner
Dakota Fred Hurt, a prominent figure in the reality TV series Gold Rush and Gold Rush: White Water, passed away on December 23, 2021. The news of his demise was released by the Discovery Channel, which aired both reality shows. Dakota Fred was known for his passion for gold mining and his genuine personality, and he will be greatly missed by fans and his fellow miners alike.
Gold Rush and Gold Rush: White Water chronicle the lives of several determined and hardworking miners in the search for gold. Dakota Fred joined the franchise in 2011 during the second season and quickly captured the hearts of the audience through his indomitable spirit and unfiltered honesty. Aspiring to buy his own claim and find a hidden fortune, this 76-year-old was driven to continue his passion despite the risks and harsh conditions inherent in gold mining.
Dakota Fred Hurt later received his nickname “White Water Fred” when he returned to the reality series in the spinoff Gold Rush: White Water. In the spinoff, Dakota Fred and his son, Dustin Hurt, joined forces and used unconventional methods to search for gold in the harsh waterfalls of Alaska. Despite being in his seventies, Fred continued to push himself to the limit and showcased his resilience and love for the craft.
The official Gold Rush Twitter account shared a touching tribute to commemorate his life, quoting Dakota Fred, “Over and under and in between… this is where the gold is.” This statement reflects Dakota Fred’s belief in the challenging yet fulfilling nature of gold mining.
Dakota Fred Hurt’s passion for gold mining and his perseverance in the face of adversity will be remembered by his fans, his fellow miners, and the entire Gold Rush community. His passing is a great loss for those who admired his spirit, dedication, and authenticity, both on and off the screen.