One of the biggest fan favorites in the history of CBS’s “Survivor” reality competition has died, with CBS News reporting that Rudy Boesch “died peacefully Friday night in hospice care in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by loved ones.”
Boesch, a retired Navy SEAL, appeared on the first season of “Survivor” at age 72. He reportedly died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91.
“At 72, Boesch was the oldest contestant ever on the CBS show, taking third place the first year, 2000, on ‘Survivor: Borneo.'” CBS News reports. “He proved so popular as a no-nonsense but lovable character that he was invited back for the eighth season, ‘Survivor: All Stars.'”
“Survivor” host Jeff Probst posted a tweet confirming Boesch’s death, which you can see below.
“Boesch joined the Navy in 1944 and became one of the first SEALs in 1962. He served two combat tours during the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star for heroism, and retired from the Navy in 1990 as a master chief petty officer,” CBS News reports. “Before his retirement, Boesch was honored as ‘Chief SEAL,’ or ‘Bullfrog.’ The title marks his time as the longest-serving SEAL still on active duty. He remained involved after he left the Navy, serving on the board of directors of the UDT Seal Association.”
The Survivor family has lost a legend. Rudy Boesch passed at the age of 91.
He played in the first season of Survivor at the age of 72. He is one is the most iconic and adored players of all time.
And he served our country as a 45-year Navy SEAL.
Rudy is a true American hero. pic.twitter.com/IJxELbcthH
— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) November 3, 2019