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'Survivor' alum Rudy Boesch dead at 91

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Karen Butler
Rudy Boesch, a contestant on the first season of Survivor on CBS, has died at age 91. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Merriam/U.S. Navy
Rudy Boesch, a contestant on the first season of Survivor on CBS, has died at age 91. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Merriam/U.S. Navy

Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Survivor alum Rudy Boesch has died at age 91, the show's host announced on Twitter.

"The Survivor family has lost a legend. Rudy Boesch passed at the age of 91. He played in the first season of Survivor at the age of 72. He is one (of) the most iconic and adored players of all time. And he served our country as a 45-year Navy SEAL. Rudy is a true American hero," Jeff Probst tweeted on Saturday.

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"Our hearts go out to Rudy's family and friends. He will be greatly missed," the reality show's official Twitter feed said.

People.com said the Season 1 fan favorite contestant died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Boesch was married to his wife Marjorie Thomas from 1955 until her death in 2008. They had three children together.

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