Family Reveals Cause of Death


Ralph Kiser.
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Survivor: Redemption IslandRalph Kiser, a fellow alumnus, died Wednesday, April 20, at the age of 56. He was 56.

The Survivor season 22 competitor’s cause of death was a heart attack, The SunReported Wednesday.

“He was a hardworking man and a damn good hunter,” Ralph’s nephew, George KiserThe outlet was informed by, that the death occurred at 3:15 AM.

After applying several times, the Virginia native was delighted to be accepted by CBS in 2011.

“I’ve wanted to be on the show for years and knew one day I’d get my chance,” Ralph wrote in his official CBS biography at the time. “I want to be a hometown hero for the folks back home!”

The farmer was certain that his knowledge and love for the land would be an asset during the competition.

“I’m a mountain man,” he said at the time. “I know plants, trees and what most of their uses are. I can also build anything; start a fire anywhere and make people believe anything I say I will be the king at camp because I can build shelter, cook, find food and be the leader.”

Ralph, who was eliminated on Day 33, finished in ninth overall. He was passionate about his farm, and the work that he did there.

“I’ve been at it all my life. I’m always amazed at my animals — how they grow and survive,” he wrote in his show bio. “Being able to watch the circle of life go ’round and be a part of it is a very satisfying adventure that I never get tired of.”

Survivor: Ghost Island alum Donathan Hurley paid tribute to the late reality star via Twitter on Wednesday, writing, “RIP Ralph Kiser! 💔 (from Redemption Island) @survivorcbs #Survivor.”

SurvivorSuper fan Michael AllbrightThe Facebook post mourned the loss and recalled several times they had met with the former TV personality.

“It was really fun to meet Ralph and his family at the Redemption Island finale and then later at a few charity events,” he wrote at the time alongside a photo of him with Ralph. “If you have fond memories of Ralph please post them. I have no idea about funeral arrangements or anything, but if there is an update, I will pass that on.”

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