Lance Waldroup, the star of the Discovery Channel reality show, Moonshiners, has sadly passed away...
He was just thirty-years-old.
As soon as the news of his untimely death broke earlier this week, the tributes were quick to flood in.
Thoughts and prayers for the Waldroup family🙏🙏— Maria Steuer (@maria_steuer) March 2, 2021
Wow! I miss him and his father on the show. 🙏 Lance.— Barbara Chambers (@Barbara83889140) March 2, 2021
In my prayers he will be sadly missed ❤️🙏— Heinz Pfaender (Fender) (@FenderHeinz) March 3, 2021
Remembering Lance Waldroup.— Magilla Entertainment (@MagillaEnt) March 1, 2021
Lance passed away on 2/25/21.
Lance spent several seasons on #Moonshiners working alongside his father, Jeff, in North Carolina. He will be remembered within our Moonshiners family for his ambition to learn the tricks of the trade.
Shine on, Lance! pic.twitter.com/U7Gl3t6Ljr
Omg no😢— 🌚Ⓣ̲̅Ⓞ̲̅Ⓐ̲̅Ⓓ̲̅Ⓛ̲̅Ⓞ̲̅Ⓝ̲̅🌝 (@Toadlon) March 1, 2021
Lance was the only child in his family who lived past birth, his father Jeff had already lost other kids.
I once had some moonshine made by Jeff and Lance, it was indescribably pure.
What a tragedy, prayers for the Waldroup family.
Dang. No way. RIP Lance.— Beastmode28CM (@sportsfanSM) March 1, 2021
Oh shit that is the worst news of 2021. God bless Lance....only the good die young x— Jason Symmons (@SymmonsJason) March 2, 2021
So sorry for your loss I remember him want to go back there and visit everybody I’m out here in Southern Nevada but I love you all Peggy— Peggy (@Peggy00650875) March 2, 2021
So sorry to jeff waldroups family your in our thoughts and prayers😔😔— Sy klewer (@KlewerSy) March 2, 2021
Sad to see His life end just when he is getting in to the prime of his life— louis f griffis 3 (@griffis_3) March 2, 2021
That's terrible news. His absinthe episode was one of the funniest ever. Jeff leaning against the tree saying you're trying to kill me with that stuff!— MK (@mktx01) March 5, 2021
Waldroup found fame on the wildly popular docuseries, Moonshiners.
The show follows bootleggers as they distill liquor, including absinthe and scotch.
He appeared in several early seasons of the show...
Bootlegging out of North Carolina with his father.
He was one of the younger and less experienced moonshiners, and would often turn to his dad for guidance.
The official Moonshiners Facebook page announced his death on March 1st.
"We are saddened to hear about the loss of Lance Waldroup," their statement read.
The statement continued:
"An adventurous distiller who was featured alongside his father throughout the early seasons of Moonshiners, Lance was always looking to take his flavorful recipes of 'shine to new heights.
"He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
Waldroup's death follows that of his sister, Lindsey, who died aged eleven, and his brother, Lamar, who died aged twenty.
Sad to hear that Lance Waldroup from @MoonshinersTV has passed away. I'll never forget the episode when him and his Dad attempted to make absinthe, their reaction was priceless 😂 #RIP #ShineOn #Moonshiners— ☆😈★Rach J.★😈☆ (@DarkDemonHeart) March 2, 2021
He is survived by his father and 4 grandparents.
An official cause of death wasn't initially revealed...
But law enforcement sources have since told TMZ that his mother, Lynn, called 911 after finding him unconscious and not breathing at his home on February 25th.
The publication was then told that Graham County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Robbinsville home and found the thirty-year-old lying on top of his bed.
Sadly, he could not be revived.
There are currently no signs of foul play, and his cause of death is being investigated by the medical examiner.
Rest in peace, Lance Waldroup.
His family has since set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a memorial fund, with the description saying he was a recovering drug addict who had turned his life around after going to rehab.
You can visit it here.