The Curse of Oak Island Season 5 comes after the tragic death of Craig Tester’s son Drake earlier this year.
The 16-year-old, the brother of Jack Begley, is known to fans after previously appearing on the show with his dad in Season 3.
He spent six weeks on the island in 2015 and had reportedly been planning to head out to the island again this summer.
Drake passed away on March 26 from a seizure disorder which he had since birth and which would appear once every few years for a few minutes.
He left behind dad Craig, his mother Becky, brother Jack and his sister Madeline as well as a large extended family.
A keen long-distance runner, Drake was part of both the track and cross-country teams at Traverse City Central High School in Michigan.
He was also a member of the choir. Drake previously attended the city’s Children’s House school from when he was a toddler until sixth grade.
Drake was known for his positive and loving personality as well as his humor, selflessness and for placing huge value on his family and friends.
He appeared in two episodes of The Curse of Oak Island — Season 3 Episode 5, “Disappearing Act”, and Season 3 Episode 7, “The Missing Peace”.
We previously told how 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”.
It is with extreme sadness Oak Island Tours Inc. confirm the passing of Drake Maxwell Tester, younger son of Craig…
The show’s executive producer Kevin Burns said in a tribute following his death that Drake was “a very kind and loving young man who was growing up to be an exceptional human being”.
He added: “To say he was loved is an understatement. Drake was cherished. His enthusiasm was infectious. His potential was limitless. Unfortunately for us, his time was far too short — but his legacy will be lasting.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and the whole Oak Island team.
The Curse of Oak Island airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on History.
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