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Oak Island treasure hunter Dan Blankenship dies at 95

Dan Blankenship holds the submarine television camera used to probe a chamber below the bedrock 65-metres deep on Oak Island in 1971. - Shortcliffe / The Chronicle Herald
Dan Blankenship holds the submarine television camera used to probe a chamber below the bedrock 65-metres deep on Oak Island in 1971. - Shortcliffe / The Chronicle Herald - Contributed

Dan Blankenship, who spent decades trying to get Oak Island to yield its fabled treasure, has died.

Blankenship was a regular on the History Channel series The Curse of Oak Island, documenting the search for the treasure, since the show began in 2014.

Blankenship was 95 when he died of natural causes Sunday.

Blankenship spent more than 50 years searching for treasure on the famous island.

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news of the passing of Daniel Blankenship,” the group Friends of Oak Island said in a Facebook post.

“A true Oak Island legend, Dan was a respected and admired man. His perseverance. ingenuity and passion inspired us all. Safe journey, Dan. We will all miss you, and your legacy will be a part of us, always.”

Tributes poured into the page and other social media platforms for Blankenship, who was first entranced by the legends of treasure on the island in after reading about it in Readers Digest 1965. He bought the island moved to Nova Scotia in the 1970s to purse the possibility something was buried somewhere on the island.

In a 2010 interview with The Chronicle Herald, Blankenship said he hadn’t lost his passion for the project, despite a lack of success to that point.

“At first, a lot of it was curiosity, but then I became more intrigued. The more you get into Oak Island, it asks more questions than it answers,” he said.

More than 800 people had commented on the post by Tuesday morning offering condolences and memories.

"I so admired Dan Blankenship and his efforts to see the mystery solved. He was so sharp and witty, with such a passion for finding the treasure," wrote Dolores McPhee Fineberg. "I was hoping he would live long enough to see his quest answered. Hugs to dan's family, friends and many fans. He will be missed, but what a life."

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