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W.Va. miner featured in reality series dies





Andy Christian Sr. (right) posed with son in ‘Coal’ publicity shot.

Andy Christian Sr. (right) posed with son in ‘Coal’ publicity shot.

A McDowell County, W.Va., miner featured in last year’s ‘Coal’ TV series has died.

WVVA reported that 51-yearold Andy Christian Sr. of Premier died Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Va. The death was confirmed by Fanning Funeral Home of Iaeger, which is handling arrangements.

Known as “The Legend,” Christian was one of the miners at Mc- Dowell County’s Cobalt Coal, the company that was spotlighted in Spike TV’s 2011 reality series.

According to his biography on Spike TV’s website, Christian was a third-generation coal miner. He worked as a miner operator for Cobalt.

Christian is survived by a wife and two sons, one of whom, Andy Christian Jr., also had a role in the TV series.

Funeral services will be held Sept. 27 at the Ark of Safety Church in Roderfield. Burial will follow at Christian Cemetery.


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