Reality television star Jesse Goins, best known for appearing on the Discovery Channel series Gold Rush, has reportedly passed away. The miner's death was confirmed by the network in a statement provided to Variety, although full details on the circumstances surrounding Goins' passing remains unclear. "We are absolutely heartbroken to hear about Jesse Goins death. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family," the statement reads.
According to reports, the incident happened while Goins was in Colorado filming the newest season of the series, dubbed as the "Dave Turin's Lost Mine" edition. On Tuesday night, he was discovered unconscious on the set by another crew member. Emergency services were called, and Goins was pronounced dead at the age of 60 after arriving at a local hospital. His cause of death hasn't yet been determined, but per TMZ, witnesses say it appeared as if Goins had suffered from a heart attack, but an autopsy will have to determine what really happened to the gold miner.
A mainstay of the Discovery Channel, Gold Rush has been airing on the network since 2010. The series follows professional gold miners working with various family-run mining companies, with the series covering searches in both North and South America. Last year, the Dave Turin-based spin-off premiered its first season, featuring Goins working alongside Turin in 15 of the season's 21 episodes. He was also featured in multiple installments of The Dirt, the official after show for Gold Rush. The season wrapped earlier this year, but an overall 11th season of the popular Discovery series is currently in production. This follows previous delays from earlier this year when television productions were placed on hold for the safety of the cast and crew members.
Ten years after its inception, Gold Rush remains one of cable television's most popular shows. The latest season saw the miners investigating various abandoned gold mines with Dave Turin to determine which ones had the best potential to be mined. Previously, we've seen Turin's crews explore a mine in Prescott Valley, Arizona, along with another mine in Montana. As noted, the Gold Rush team had been mining at a new location in Colorado when Goins was discovered unresponsive on the set. It's not yet clear if any of the new footage of Goins will be included in season 11 when it makes its way to the network
We offer our condolences to the family and friends at this difficult time. May Goins rest in peace. Goins' survivors include his wife and his brother, Larry Goins, with the latter posting a tribute message for Jesse online. "Jesse loved his Gold Rush family. I could never find the words to express how grateful to Dave Turin and the guys for the love they showed him," the message reads. "And for sharing and making sure the Lord and the Gospel was a big part of his daily life. He was in such a good place because of this. Love you guys."