Lance Waldroup, a bootlegger featured on the early seasons of Discovery’s reality series Moonshiners, died Feb. 25 at his home in Robbinsville, NC. He was 30. His father, Jeff, who also appeared on the show, confirmed the news but did not disclose a cause of death.
“We are saddened to hear about the loss of Lance Waldroup,” said a Facebook post by Discovery on the Moonshiners official page. “An adventurous distiller who was featured alongside his father throughout the early seasons of Moonshiners, Lance was always looking to take his flavorful recipes of ‘shine to new heights. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
The younger Waldroup appeared in several early seasons of the show with his father, leaning the ancient art of distilling from him. In addition to moonshine, he also distilled absinthe and scotch.
His family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a memorial fund. The page said the younger Waldroup was a recovering drug addict who had turned his life around after going to rehab.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lindsey Waldroup, who died at age 11, and his brother, Lamar Waldroup, who died at age 20.
Survivors includes his parents, his maternal grandparents, Bobby Cape and Edna Sue Hooper, and his paternal grandparents, William Phillip and Laqueta Joy Hooper Waldroup. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Cliff Baptist Church in Graham County, NC. The family will receive friends starting at 11 a.m. Committal services in the Carver Cemetery will follow the service.
A new Moonshiners spinoff docuseries, Moonshiners: Smoke Ring, is premiering Tuesday on Discovery+.
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