Moonshiners star Lance Waldroup has died aged 30.
The reality TV star died on February 25 in his home in Robbinsville, North Carolina; a cause of death has not been revealed.
The news was confirmed by the Waldroup family, and the Facebook page for the Discovery Channel show shared their condolences.
A post read: ‘We are saddened to hear about the loss of Lance Waldroup. An adventurous distiller who was featured alongside his father throughout the early seasons of Moonshiners, Lance was always looking to take his flavourful recipes of ‘shine to new heights.
‘He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.’
Lance appeared alongside his father Jeff between seasons two and seven of Moonshiners, a docudrama that followed people who produced moonshine in the Appalachian Mountains.
As well as moonshine, Lance distilled scotch and absinthe.
Lance had previously battled drug addiction after the loss of two of his siblings.
His sister Lynsey died when she was 11 years old after battling cystic fibrosis, while his brother Lamar also died from cystic fibrosis aged 20, a year and a half after getting a lung transplant.
A fundraiser for the Waldroup family on GoFundMe read: ‘This left Lance with no siblings. Lance suffered from extreme “Survivor’s Guilt” and he eventually turned to drugs. He was an addict for several years and then decided to turn his life around. He went to rehab and had become a recovered addict.
‘His mother Lynn was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and Lance knew he had to be there for her. He quit Moonshiners to take care of his mother full time doing all the cooking and cleaning. He did not want to leave her side and waited on her hand and foot.’
It continued: ‘Lance had such a kind loving soul and was always there for others in need.
‘When Lance and his Dad were part of the TV show “Moonshiners,” Jeff and Lance would be coordinating multiple fundraisers to help others in need. They would travel to other states to help raise money for others at their own expense.’
The fundraiser, which has raised nearly $5,000 (£3,600) from a $15,000 (£10,800) target hopes to pay for Lance’s funeral, as well as helping the Waldroup family, as Jeff has been left out of work due to Covid-19 and Lynn is unable to work due to her illness.
The Discovery Channel will feature a tribute to Lance at the end of the next aired episode of Moonshiners; the show is now on its 10th season.
Lance’s memorial service will take place this Saturday at the Cedar Cliff Baptist Church in Robbinsville.
He is survived by his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Credit: Original article published here.