Survivor star Rudy Boesch dies aged 91 after battling Alzheimer’s disease
Rudy Boesch, who was a former contestant on the American series Survivor, has passed away aged 91.
The reality star died on Friday night, following complications from Alzheimer’s disease, People magazine confirmed.
Taking to Instagram, the winner from the first series, Richard Hatch, paid tribute to his ally in a heartfelt post.
He told his 16,000 followers: ‘Ours was an interesting bond, Dear Rudy! You and I helped open minds and undermine predjudces.
‘While your time here has passed, you will remain loved and iconic, dear friend!’
Fans were quick to comment where they flooded social media with love for the late star.
‘R.I.P. to a true legend. He helped prove that when it comes down to it, we all can just get along despite our differences,’ one wrote while another added: ‘The world has lost a good man.’
Someone else said: ‘This is so sad. Rudy will always be one of the most iconic Survivor players of all time. I loved watching your guys friendship play out in Borneo.’
Before making a name for himself on the show, Rudy served as a Navy SEAL, after joining the forces in 1945.
He fought in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism in two deployments.
At the age of 72, he became the oldest contestant to join the popular show, Survivor. Rudy then returned three years later to the All Stars edition in 2004.
His wife Marge passed away at the age of 53 back in 2008, however the reality star will be survived by his three daughters.
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