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‘Moonshiners’ Star Jim Tom Hedrick Dies at 82, Know the Cause of his Death

Jim Tom Hedrick, best known for being the star of Discovery channel docu-drama Moonshiners has died. He passed away at the age of 82. The unfortunate news of his demise was announced by Sugarlands Distilling Company.

The moonshine distillery company confirmed the news of Jim’s death on the social media platform Facebook. Continue reading further to find out the actual cause behind the demise of Jim Tom Hedrick.

What was the cause behind the death of Jim Tom Hedrick?

Jim Tom Hedrick has left for the heavenly abode. He took his last breaths on September 6, 2023, Wednesday. At the time of his death, he was 82 years old. Sugarlands Shine Distillery announced his death in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The statement read, “It’s with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our dear friend Marvin “Jim Tom” Hedrick. Born Christmas Day, 1940, Jim Tom dedicated much of his life to the art of moonshining, becoming a legend in Appalachia along the way.”

The company went on to say, “Jim Tom’s well-earned reputation as one of the most skilled moonshiners in the South earned him a role on the hit television program Moonshiners, where his colorful personality endeared Jim Tom to the hearts of millions.”

The statement further read, “Jim Tom touched the lives of countless individuals and was especially eager to pass along his lifetime of moonshining knowledge to a new generation of distillers, ensuring the craft would endure.”

It continued, “Jim Tom Hedrick was one of the first veteran moonshiners to truly embrace Sugarlands when we opened our doors,” said Ned Vickers, Sugarlands president and founder. “Gaining the stamp of approval from Jim Tom was instrumental in shaping the authenticity of Sugarlands, and we’re forever indebted to his support and friendship.”

The moonshine distillery company featured on Moonshiners concluded the statement by writing, “Join us as we raise a jar to the life of Jim Tom Hedrick.” As per a report by Variety, Tom died following a battle with kidney cancer.

A Discovery Channel spokesperson told the media outlet, “Jim Tom Hedrick was a treasured member of the Moonshiners family and we share our condolences with his family and all those who loved him.”

Here’s all you need to know about Jim Tom Hedrick (including his early life, TV career and more)

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, that Jim Tom Hedrick was the star of Disney Channel’s reality series Moonshiners, a show that revolved around Moonshiners running their illegal booze business throughout the Appalachian Mountains.

Jim was seen on the show right from the start. He came on board for the show for season 2 in the year 2012. Then, he went on to be a part of the series through 2017. Soon after, he left the show to help start Sugarland Shine, a distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Our love and prayers are with the friends and family members of Jim Tom Hedrick during this time of difficulty. May his soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of entertainment.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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