– “Mountain Man” Jim Tom Hedrick has passed away at the age of 79
– He was a popular cast member on reality series Moonshiners
– The cause of death was kidney cancer
Jim Tom Hedrick, fondly known as “Mountain Man,” passed away on Sunday, February 13, at the age of 79. Hedrick gained fame and a legion of fans as a part of the reality television series Moonshiners. His death was the result of a battle with kidney cancer.
Described as a “living legend,” Hedrick was a central figure in Southern Appalachian culture and the world of moonshine. Moonshiners, a hit show on the Discovery Channel, chronicled the lives of Hedrick and other distillers as they worked to produce the illegal beverage, while evading law enforcement. The show has been on the air for ten seasons and has developed a significant following.
Jim Tom was known for his signature overalls and his penchant for singing while working. He was an accomplished distiller, who could turn any fruit into a potent mix using his knowledge of the craft and his practical engineering skills. Hedrick was also responsible for mentoring many younger moonshiners who sought his expertise and guidance.
There has been an outpouring of condolences and tributes from fans on social media since the news of Hedrick’s death. The official Moonshiners Twitter account also shared a heartfelt statement, saying, “We are devastated by the loss of our friend Jim Tom Hedrick. A true legend, he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this time.”
Fellow cast members and close friends, Mark Ramsey and Digger Manes, recorded a tribute video while standing in front of a still, in which they offered their own condolences. “To us, he was a friend; he was like family. We respected him. He was a very knowledgeable man, and he’ll be greatly missed,” they said.
It’s evident that Jim Tom Hedrick’s legacy will live on, as many continue to share their memories of the beloved Mountain Man.