John Schnabel Dies: ‘Gold Rush’ Patriarch, Legendary Alaskan Miner, Dead At 96

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

Schnabel was a fixture on the Discovery Channel reality show, mentoring his grandson, Parker, who took a lead role on the show and assumed control of the family’s million-dollar mining operation.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better father, grandfather and overall family man,” the Schnabel family told People. “He was a true legend and we appreciate all of your love and support as we celebrate his wonderful life.”

The Discovery Channel aired a two-hour special honoring John Schnabel and remembering his relationship with Parker.