Outback Opal Hunters star Ronald “Ron” Selig killed in tragic workplace accident


Aussie reality star is killed in freak accident as an investigation into his sudden death is launched

A much-loved Australian reality television star and opal miner killed in a tragic workplace accident has been remembered as one of a kind.

Outback Opal Hunters star Ronald ‘Ron’ Selig suffered fatal injuries when he fell 5.8 metres from a workshop roof at an industrial site in Queensland on November 26.

He was a popular character on the top rating Channel Seven series, which led the moving tributes earlier this month.

‘Ron was a much loved member of the Outback Opal Hunters family. A great character and amazing Opal Hunter, always chasing that colour’ the show posted.

‘We will always fondly remember Ron.’ 

Mr Selig’s grieving family were touched by the show’s moving tribute. 

The passing and the loss of our father has been the most challenging time for me and our whole Family, Ron’s mother, children, grandchildren and friends included, as well as yourselves,’ his daughter Mel wrote.

‘Ron is exactly how he is in real life, as he was on The Outback Opal Hunters!’

She remembered her dad as the most amazing son, father, grandfather and friend to everyone who knew him.

‘Dad was a kind, caring and a fun loving man, who always would come out with the funniest jokes! Ron was an easy going guy too!’ she added.

‘Our family has amazing gratitude, for the fact that my dad/Ron, was apart of ‘The Outback Opal Hunters’.

‘We will also continue to enjoy the episodes he was on, as I’m sure, you all will too.

‘Thanks again for your loving kindness and condolences to Ron Selig! He was definitely one of a kind.’

Queensland’s Mineral Mines & Quarries Inspectorate announced last week that investigations into the workplace tragedy continue. 

‘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,’ a statement read.

Launched in 2018 by the Discovery Channel, Outback Opal Hunters follows opal miners in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Now in its eighth series, the show has aired in more 100 countries including the UK and US.

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