Former Navy SEAL Rudy Boesch, an early fan favorite on ‘Survivor,’ dies at 91
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 2, 2019
Rudy Boesch, a retired, tough-as-nails Navy SEAL and fan favorite on the inaugural season of “Survivor,” has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 91.
Steve Gonzalez, director of operations for the Seal Veterans Foundation, said Boesch died peacefully Friday night in hospice care in Virginia Beach, Va. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Boesch joined the Navy in 1944 and retired in 1990. He completed two tours in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star.
He was 72 when he took third place on CBS’s “Survivor.” He proved to be so popular as a no-nonsense, loveable character that he was invited back for the eighth season, “Survivor: All Stars.”
Gonzalez called Boesch a “legend in the SEAL Teams.”
Funeral arrangements were not announced immediately.