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'Curse of Oak Island's' Dan Blankenship dies


Posted on Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

Blankenship was a regular on 'The Curse of Oak Island'. Image Credit: YouTube / HISTORY
The 95-year-old had been a major part of efforts to solve the mystery of Oak Island for over 50 years.
Blankenship's life-long fascination with the island and its enigmatic 'money pit' began all the way back in 1965 when he read an article about it in an issue of Reader's Digest.

By 1970, he had relocated from the US to Nova Scotia, Canada to hunt for the treasure full time.

"I mean, how often do you get to meet a treasure hunter?" said Oak Island historian Charles Barkhouse. "He's poured his blood, sweat and tears into that island trying to solve this mystery."

In more recent years, Blankenship gained new fame through the TV show The Curse of Oak Island which followed brothers Rick and Marty Lagina as they tried to solve the island's mysteries.

He passed away on Sunday at the age of 95.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Daniel Blankenship," a post on the Friends of Oak Island Facebook page reads. "A true Oak Island legend, Dan was a respected and admired man. His perseverance, ingenuity and passion inspired all. Safe Journey, Dan."

"We will all miss you, and your legacy will be a part of us, always."


Source: Montreal Gazette | Comments (5)

Tags: Oak Island, Dan Blankenship

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Calibeliever on 20 March, 2019, 18:14
Awww   Spoiler alert for those not caught up: they STILL haven't found the treasure. Just an FYI
Comment icon #2 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 20 March, 2019, 20:43
Got to admires the guys dedication though, even if the only 'treasure' he got came from the TV company you can't say that he didn't put his money where his mouth was when it came to dedicating himself to what he believed in RIP
Comment icon #3 Posted by Itsspideyman on 21 March, 2019, 11:59
I watch the show and even if there’s no treasure, the artifacts show the island has had an interesting history. My respects to Mr. Blankenship and his son. They have certainly led an interesting life. Perhaps this fulfills the “seven men” curse and we finally have some resolution.
Comment icon #4 Posted by skliss on 21 March, 2019, 13:05
Seemed like a truly great guy! I was hoping he'd be around for the end of the Oak Island story however it turns out. A big loss for those guys! RIP Mr. Blankenship.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Farmer77 on 21 March, 2019, 14:50
This was a wasted opportunity. The dude has clearly been dying for quite some time and the money pit needs to claim a seventh life before it gives up its secrets..............


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