Australian reality star Ronald ‘Ron’ Selig who was a regular in the factual series Outback Opal Hunters has died at 66 after falling 5.8 metres on a construction site.
Ron fell from the roof of a workshop at an industrial site back in November, however the public has only just been made aware of his passing.
“We are saddened to inform that Ron Selig has passed away,” Outback Opal Hunters wrote on social media.
“Ron was a much loved member of the Outback Opal Hunters Family. A great character and amazing Opal Hunter, always chasing that colour.
“We will always fondly remember Ron.”
Ron’s daugther Mel confirmed his passing by posting a message from her father’s facebook account commemorating him.
“We thank you all so very much with your loving kindness and condolences,” she wrote.
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“The passing and the loss of our father Ron has been the most challenging time for me and our whole family.
“Ron is exactly how he is in real life, as he was on Outback Opal Hunters. Ron was the most amazing, sensational son, father, grandfather and friend to all.
“Dad was a kind, caring and a fun-loving man, who always would come out with the funniest jokes!”
“Our family has amazing gratitude for the fact that my dad/Ron was a part of Outback Opal Hunters. We will also continue to enjoy the episodes he was on, as I’m sure you all will too,” she wrote.
“Thanks again for your loving kindness and condolences to Ron Selig.
“He was definitely one of a kind, we shall dearly miss our dad/grandfather Ro️n.”
Ron was a regular cast member of Outback Opals, a show that follows opal miners across various sites in Australia. The show has run for eight years, and was so successful in Australia that it went on to be broadcast in over 100 countries including the United Kingdom and United States.
An alert published by Resources Safety and Health Queensland’s Mineral Mines and Quarries Inspector last week stated that Ron’s fall was caused by unstable material due to severe weather.
“The incident is still under investigation, however, it is understood the worker accessed the roof of the workshop to make repairs following damage caused by a severe weather event when a structural member failed … causing the worker to fall approximately 5.8 metres to [the] ground,” the alert states.
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