'RIP lovely man': Tributes pour in as Outback Opal Hunters' Ronald Selig, 66, dies in workplace accident

'RIP lovely man': Tributes pour in as Outback Opal Hunters' Ronald Selig, 66, dies in workplace accident
'Outback Opal Hunters' star Ronald Selig lived on the Sunshine Coast but worked in the mines in the remote Queensland outback town of Opalton (Facebook/ Outback Opal Hunters)

OPALTON, AUSTRALIA: The tragic death of an Australian reality television star has disheartened his family and fans. Ronald 'Ron' Selig reportedly died in November 2022. However, tributes started to pour in after the ‘Outback Opal Hunters’ series in which Selig featured shared the unfortunate news on its Facebook page.

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The post read, “We are saddened to inform that Ron Selig has passed away. 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 Selig 1956 - 2022.”

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The 66-year-old was working at a workshop at an industrial site when he fell 5.8 meters from the roof on November 26 last year. In a January 19 statement, Resources Safety and Health Queensland’s Mineral Mines and Quarries Inspectorate shared that a person “suffered fatal injuries when he fell from the roof of a workshop," as per Daily Mail.

It also stated that “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.”

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Meanwhile, on the Channel Seven show’s social media post on Selig’s death, his daughter, Mel, wrote, “Hello Everyone, This is Ron Selig’s Daughter, Mel & Family. We thank you all, so very much with your loving kindness and Condolences. 🙏❤️ 🙏 The passing and the loss of our Father Ron, has been the most challenging time for me and our whole Family. Ron’s mother, children, grandchildren and friends included, as well as yourselves." 

Mel further added, “Ron is exactly how he is in real life, as he was on The 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! Ron was an easy going guy too! I don’t participate in Facebook myself. Today, I have used my Fathers Facebook profile, to say ‘Thank you to you all, so very much!’❤️🙏 Ron would’ve been extremely moved with your condolences towards him!”

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Mel added, “I will not be posting anything more with Ron’s profile, after this message. Our family has amazing gratitude, for the fact that, my dad/Ron, was a part 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, we shall dearly miss our Dad/Grandfather-Ron.🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️.”

Besides Mel, several of Selig’s fans posted their tributes and condolences as one user said, “RIP Ron, sorry to hear about your loss Mel and family. What a great guy, really enjoyed with episodes with Ron and Aaron. My lasting memory is them sitting at the home made tepenyaki drum/plate in such an isolated location. It seemed he was living his best life, he will be missed. Regards from the UK.”

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Another user commented, "My condolences to all family members, friends! R.I.P Ron. Us opal miners will keep on digging dirt mate, and doing our best to unearth the best Opals the worlds even seen. Fair well mate. Bayden/Leesey." The third one added, “Oh’ no, that's so sad. Ron didn't look that old, just appeared to have a hard life. The talent he had for finding Opals with Arron. Sending best wishes to his family. Ron will be very missed. RIP lovely man..”

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