Rudy Boesch, one of the most loved and adored stars of Survivor, has sadly passed away at the age of 91.
The former Navy Seal was the oldest person to compete on the hit CBS reality competition, Survivor.
Known for his gruff manner and for being politically incorrect - Boesch was nonetheless an absolute fan favorite.
Our thoughts go out to Rudy's family and friends at this hard time.
Keep reading to learn more about the legend that was Rudy Boesch.
Boesch was born in 1928.
via: GettyBorn in Rochester, New York on January 20th, Rudy Boesch was a United States Navy SEAL and a two-time competitor on the reality competition show Survivor.
He enlisted in the US Navy aged 17.
via: Getty ImagesBoesch signed up for the Navy aged just 17 in April 1945. By the time he had finished training, the Second World War was already over.
In 1951 he was promoted.
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He was one of the first ever Navy SEALS.
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His first taste of 'potential action' was during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
#RIP Rudy Boesch who passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Boesch served in the Merchant Marine during WWII befor… https://t.co/ltJmMaBAoh— U.S. Naval Institute (@U.S. Naval Institute)1572722880.0
They were almost involved in a suicide mission.
Today not only did the #Survivor world lose a truly iconic castaway, but the world also lost a real American hero.… https://t.co/xmn11uf2W0— SurvivorQuotesX 🔥 (@SurvivorQuotesX 🔥)1572717850.0
Boesch was then sent to Vietnam.
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Boesch is said to symbolize exactly what it means to be a Navy SEAL.
Fair winds and following seas, Master Chief... Rudy Boesch, January 20, 1928 - November 1, 2019. #Legend https://t.co/2Sl3huj5uk— Jack Carr (@Jack Carr)1572764175.0
There are a lot of colorful personalities among the teams, but even considering the best of those, Rudy Boesch is a legend. Everybody knows Rudy, and you can bet that Rudy knows everyone in return ... [including] some of the Navy's top brass.Many other SEALS said similar things about Boesch being a legend...
Boesch took part in Survivor.
via: Getty ImagesStarring in the first ever season of Survivor in 2000, Boesch remains the oldest person to ever compete. At the time he was 72 and amazingly he finished in third place.
He used skills picked up in Vietnam.
5 years ago we named our little pupper Rudy after the incomparable Rudy Boesch. Rudy was an icon of the game, a t… https://t.co/MFd6PW1U5q— Nick Iadanza (@Nick Iadanza)1572760266.0
He wasn't scared at all.
It is with profound sadness I report my friend, Rudy (Boesch), passed away Friday, after a valiant struggle, with… https://t.co/LPxgtdx1lm— Joe Del Campo (@Joe Del Campo)1572725132.0
He struck an unlikely friendship with Richard Hatch.Despite his discomfort with fellow contestant, Richard Hatch's homosexuality and his penchant for nudity, Boesch became great friends with him. At one point, Boesch even shocked fellow contestants by demanding they 'Shut up and let Hatch lead!'.
Sadly Boesch was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in August 2019.After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, false reports of Boesch's death began circulating online, however they were quickly debunked by his family.
Sadly Boesch passed away on November 1st.
via: GettyAs a result of complications following his Alzheimer's diagnosis, Boesch passed away on November 1st.
Fellow contestant Hatch paid tribute to him.
Ours was an interesting bond, Dear Rudy! You and I helped open minds and undermine predjudces. While your time here… https://t.co/3CdYacjA3c— Richard Hatch (@Richard Hatch)1572713036.0
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!
Rest in peace.
via: Getty ImagesOur thoughts go out to Boesch's family and friends at this hard time.