John Schnabel Dead: Fans Worry About Fate Of 93-Year-Old ‘Gold Rush’ Star

UPDATE

John Schnabel has died this week at the age of 96.

The Gold Rush star reportedly passed away in his sleep, family members reported on Friday.

John Schnabel has died, with the Gold Rush patriarch and legendary Alaskan gold miner passing away at 96.

Schnabel was a popular fixture on the Discovery Channel reality show, with viewers watching as he mentored his grandson Parker as the teenager took a lead role on the show and assumed control of the family’s million-dollar mining operation.