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Dakota Fred Hurt Died at 80! His Diagnosis With Brain Cancer and Wives; Millions of Net Worth | Kids

Dakota Fred Hurt Died at 80! His Diagnosis With Brain Cancer and Wives; Millions of Net Worth | Kids

Dakota Fred Hurt is an American Tv personality who is in the media spotlight after appearing in the show, Gold Rush: South America. He also appeared in the show, Gold Rush Alaska, Gold Rush: The Legend of Porcupine Creek, and Gold Rush: White Water.

In 2018, he appeared with his son Dustin at Gold Rush: White Water until June 2018. He was associated with the Dakota Boys Mining crew and Gold Rush. 

Early Life of Dakota Fred Hurt

Dakota Fred Hurt was born on July 10, 1943, in Minot, North Dakota, in the United States of America. Hurt was 80 years old as of 2023. Dakota used to celebrate her birthday every July 10 with his friends and family. She fell under the Cancer Sun sign.

Fred held American nationality and belonged to white ethnic background. He had faith and belief in the Christian religion. He studied geology at his college.

Dakota Fred Hurt’s Wives

He was married to his second wife, Jennifer Sheets at the time of his death. His wife, Jennifer was a medical professional. They started dating each other in July 2015. In 2016, they exchanged wedding vows in the presence of their close ones.

Dakota with his wife
Caption: Dakota with his wife (Photo: Instagram)

His first wife is Lorrayne Frances Leier. They stayed as a married couple for more than a few decades and Lorrayne died on February 2, 2015. After Lorrayne’s death, he tied the wedding knot with Jennifer.

More About His Wife, Jennifer

Jennifer was born on June 4, 1968, and is a native of the United States of America. She is in popularity as the wife of late reality star, Dakota Fred Hurt. She is an alumnus of Los Medanos College in California and graduated with a paramedic.

Dakota's wife
Caption: Dakota’s wife (Photo: Gh Gossip)

Jennifer is also a tv personality and has appeared on her husband’s show, Cooking for the mining crews. She was also part of dredging up gold in the creeks of Haines Borough, Alaska.

Dakota Fred Hurt Blessed With Four Children

He was a father of five children along with six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Dakota welcomed Dustin Hurt, Zack Hurt, Shannon Hurt, Darla Matlock, and Kayla Hurt with Lorrayne. Dustin, a TV personality was born in 1977.

Dakota with his son
Caption: Dakota with his son (Photo: Instagram)

His other son, Zack is a pastor while Shannon’s husband is Gary Rodrigue. Darla is working as a real estate agent. He also had a stepson named Zackary Sheets from his wife’s previous relationship.

Dakota Fred Hurt’s Net Worth

Fred had a net worth of $6 million approximately at the time of his death. This is the outcome of his career as a gold miner. He used to earn a salary of $25k per episode for his appearance in Gold Rush: White Water.

Dakota with his vehicle
Caption: Dakota with his vehicle (Photo: Instagram)

Dakota Fred Hurt was Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

Fred suffered from the fourth stage of brain cancer and was diagnosed in March 2023. He announced his diagnosis with his production company, Thrill of the Hunt Entertainment as:

“I’ve lived a full 80 years of an interesting life. If I emerge from this dark diagnosis, I’ll have another adventure to share with you folks. I know haven’t been very interactive on here lately. Thousands and thousands of you have responded to me about my diagnosis and have sent your support. The outpouring of support, prayers and blessings have impacted me incredibly. It’s hard to explain in a physical way but I can tell you that every single one of your well wishes have literally reached me, encouraged me and have provided strength and I thank you folks for that.”

He added,

“I cannot explain how or why, but the positive connection I have to you has bounced back to me. What a powerful feeling!”

Dakota Fred Hurt’s Death

He left this universe on July 11, 2023. He was only 80 years old at the time of his death and died due to brain cancer. In March 2023, he revealed his fourth stage of brain cancer. His death was announced via his Facebook wall saying:

“He fought courageously in his battle against cancer. Fred touched many lives and was loved and supported by many. If you feel inclined to donate on Fred’s behalf, please consider donating to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation in Fred’s honor. Having worked in skilled labor for the majority of his career, Fred was passionate about teaching others these valuable skills.”

Dakota Fred Hurt’s Professional Career

  • Dakota started his career as a Commercial Diver in the Gulf of Mexico in 1960.
  • He even joined the training of demolition and the rescue of ships and cargo from troubled waters.
  • Then, he stepped into the gold mining industry in his late 50s.
  • He worked as a diver for 25 years and then started mining and moved to Alaska in 2004.
  • He was successful in the extraction of 600 ounces of gold from a gold processing plant at Little Squaw Lake, Alaska.
Dakota on the frame
Caption: Dakota on the frame (Photo: Instagram)
  • Dakota appeared in Shows titled Gold Rush, which includes Gold Rush: South America and Gold Rush: The Legend of Porcupine Creek.
  • He and his son Dustin appeared together in a show titled, Gold Rush: White Water in 2018.
  • Besides, he used to donate some of the profits he gained from mining to charity and local communities.

TV Shows & Books

He appeared in the tv shows such as Gold Rush Alaska, Gold Rush: South America, Gold Rush: The Legend of Porcupine Creek, and Gold Rush: White Water.

He was the author of a book titled, Gold Blooded: Dakota Fred Philosophy for Life. In 2019, he released his book.

FAQs of Dakota Fred Hurt

What is Dakota Fred Hurt’s Height?

Dakota stood at the height of 5 feet 9 inches tall while he weighed 69 kg. His eyes were brown and his hair was grey.

Is Dakota Fred Hurt’s Leg Short?

Yes, Dakota has one short leg. His leg is four inches short and is a little bent, twisted, crooked, and shorter. This made him wear a two-inch lift inside his signature cowboy boots.

Did Dakota Fred Hurts serve in US Army?

Yes, he served in US Army. He joined the army during the Vietnam War. Fred has successfully worked for 25 years as a commercial diver.

Does Dakota Fred Hurts have tattoos?

Yes, he had tattoos. He pierced the image of gold nuggets on his arm.

Does Dakota Fred Hurt have a nickname?

Yes, he had a Dakota Fred nickname. He used to mine in Porcupine Creek Alaska near South Dakota border so, he earned this name.

What was Dakota Fred Hurt’s motto?

His life motto was No Guts,  No Glory. This means you have to have a certain gut to achieve your dream and passion.

Are Fred Hurt and Dustin Hurt related?

Yes, Fred and Dustin are related. Dustin is his son. He gave birth to Dustin with his wife Lorrayne.