Rudy Boesch, a retired Navy SEAL, exhausting as a nail and a fan favourite within the inaugural "Survivor" season, died after an extended battle in opposition to Alzheimer's illness. He was 91 years outdated.
He died peacefully Friday night time at a palliative care heart in Virginia Seashore, Virginia, surrounded by family members, mentioned Steve Gonzalez, director of operations on the Seal Veterans Basis.
Boesch joined the Navy in 1944 and have become one of many first SEALs in 1962. He served on two fight excursions throughout the Vietnam Struggle, gained a Bronze Star for heroism and retired from the Navy in 1990 as chief noncommissioned officer. .
Earlier than his retirement, Boesch was honored as "Chief SEAL" or "Bullfrog." The title marks its time because the oldest SEAL nonetheless in energetic service. He remained concerned after leaving the Navy, serving on the board of administrators of the UDT Stamp Affiliation.
"It was a legend in Seal's groups lengthy earlier than & # 39; Survivor & # 39;" Gonzalez mentioned. "Rudy was liked by everybody and can be deeply missed."
At 72, Boesch was the oldest contestant on the CBS program, taking third place the primary yr, 2000, in "Survivor: Borneo." He proved to be as well-liked as a meaningless however cute character who was invited again for the eighth season, "Survivor: All Stars."
In the course of the first season, Boesch was an in depth ally of the winner, Richard Hatch.
Boesch's spouse of 53 years, Marjorie Thomas, died in 2008. They’ve three daughters.
Funeral preparations weren’t instantly introduced on Saturday.
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