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The Curse of Oak Island Season 5 comes after tragic death of Craig Tester’s son Drake

Craig and Drake Tester on The Curse of Oak Island
Craig Tester with Drake on The Curse of Oak Island. Pic: Oak Island Tours, Inc./Facebook

The Curse of Oak Island returns for Season 5 next week following a massive blow for the team — the tragic death of Craig Tester’s son Drake.

Drake, the brother and best friend of fellow Oak Island star Jack Begley, passed away in March this year at the age of 16.

The teenager, who has previously appeared on the History show, died from a seizure condition which he’d had since birth.

His obituary in Michigan’s Traverse City Record-Eagle, the local newspaper where he lived, revealed that the disorder would only appear “once every few years for a few minutes” but was the ultimate cause of his death.

It added: “Drake saw — and lived — truths that many of us after decades never learn: to live every moment to its fullest, to find your passions and to follow them, to always give 100 percent, to be true to yourself, to treat everyone equally, to look at what is inside a person instead of what is on the outside and to realize that a hug can speak volumes. Drake gave great hugs!”

Oak Island Tours Inc — the company with which Craig, the Lagina brothers and the rest of the “Fellowship of the Dig” run Oak Island — took to their Facebook page to reveal the tragic news earlier this year, praising Drake’s “wonderful smile, infectious laugh and warm hugs”.


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