Lance Waldroup, a bootlegger featured in the first seasons of Discovery’s reality TV series Moonshiners, died on February 25 at his home in Robbinsville, North Carolina. He was 30 years old. Her father, Jeff, who also appeared on the show, confirmed the news but did not disclose the cause of death.
“We are saddened to learn of the loss of Lance Waldroup,” Discovery’s Facebook post said on the Moonshiners Official page. “An adventurous distiller who was featured alongside his father throughout the early seasons of Moonshiners, Lance always sought to take his tasty “shine” recipes to new heights. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
The young Waldroup appeared in several first seasons of the series with his father, drawing on the ancient art of distillation. In addition to moonshine, it also distills absinthe and scotch.
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Her family set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a memorial fund. The page said young Waldroup was a recovering drug addict who changed his life after going to rehab.
He was predeceased by his sister, Lindsey Waldroup, who died at 11, and his brother, Lamar Waldroup, who died at 20.
Survivors include his parents, maternal grandparents, Bobby Cape and Edna Sue Hooper, and paternal grandparents, William Phillip and Laqueta Joy Hooper Waldroup. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Cliff Baptist Church in Graham County, NC. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. Guard services at Carver Cemetery will follow the service.
A new Moonshiners derivative docuseries, Moonshiners: Smoke Ring, premieres Tuesday on Discovery +.