Ben Fogle has urged fans to ‘not waste a second of your precious time on Earth’ after announcing that a second star of his New Lives in the Wild program has died.
The presenter took to Instagram this morning to reveal that the Scot Chris Clark, who lived in Xixuau, in the Amazon Basin, one of the most remote areas of South America, had died after a brief battle with cancer.
In June, the presenter revealed his heartbreak after Estonian conservationist Kristin Srauss, who died on the show along with her husband Julian, a former war correspondent, at the age of 43, also from cancer.
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Three years after the first show, he revisited the couple and Ben had found Kristin and Julius happy and looked to the future
Clark, believed to be 59, had appeared in the last episode of the series aired in January 2019, telling viewers how a near-death experience in the Amazon had changed his life and eventually moved to the ‘utopian’ rainforest for good.
Speaking of the conservationist, who he had visited for two days to meet him for the episode, Fogle wrote, “Some very sad New Lives in the Wild news. Chris Clarke, who lived in the Brazilian Amazon basin with his family, died after a short battle with cancer. ‘
He closed his post saying, “Grab the moment before it’s too late. Don’t waste a second of your precious time on Earth. ‘
The show followed how Chris, after spending most of his childhood in Italy, traveled the world for two years at the age of 23, with Brazil being one of his destinations.
But a walk in the woods took a nasty turn when he and a friend got lost for a total of three days and three nights. Chris and his friend met with a jaguar and decided to build a raft to float upstream before being rescued. ‘
The meeting made him fond of that region and in 2004 Chris sold his company and moved permanently to Xixuau with his Italian wife and two daughters. Fast forward to 2019 and Chris’s life looked a little different after he remarried to a local woman Artemisia.
The couple lived in a wooden house on stilts, which Chris built himself, with their daughter Shania and Chris’ stepson Ray. The family relied on a small generator for their electricity, and with the nearest store boating for 24 hours, fishing normally and hunting their food with delicacies such as wild pigs and piranhas.
News of Chris’s death is the show’s second tragedy in recent months.
In June, Fogle shared how Kristin Strauss had lost a battle with cancer. She had appeared on New Lives in the Wild after moving to a remote part of Canada to help her husband overcome PTSD after his career as a war reporter.
Julius Strauss, from London, settled in British Columbia in 2005 with Kristin Srauss, where they founded The Wild Bear Lodge, a bear watching company.
The former journalist, who reported on a national publication on major world conflicts in the 1990s and early 2000s, from the war in Afghanistan to the Kosovo civil war, had credited the lodge to help him recover from PTSD.
In 2016, the couple had welcomed TV adventurer Ben to their home and told him about their struggle to end bear hunting in the Canadian wilderness.
But after the episode ran in June, Ben announced that Kristin had sadly passed away in February at the age of 43 after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.
Heartbroken fans discovered that Julius now moved on from his bear spotting venture in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia and sold his business after Kristin passed away.
Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild fans were saddened to learn that former London war correspondent Julius Strauss sold his bear-watching company in British Columbia following the death of his partner Kristin, who died of cancer in February
Kristin and Julius had successfully campaigned for a grizzly bear ban in British Columbia, which was introduced in 2017, and looked to the future
The news was a sad blow after the episode found the pair happy and thriving and looking forward to expanding their business following their campaign to protect wildlife in their region.
A tearful Ben made the announcement at the end of last night’s show and praised Kristin’s legacy.
Over the years, the wild people around the world who have allowed me into their lives have become an integral part of me. Friends forever, “said the presenter.
Six months after visiting Julius and Kristin, the unthinkable happened
On his first visit Ben Julius and Kristin helped maintain the lodge and heard about their struggles to protect the region’s wildlife
Ulius, depicted during his days as a war correspondent with Russian soldiers in Chechnya, suffered from PTSD as a result of the harrowing scenes he witnessed
“After the tragic loss of Kristin in February, Julius now wants to continue,” says the website of the Wild Bear Lodge.
Wild Bear Lodge will be available for a private sale. If you are interested in creating your own dream in the wilderness, send us a message.
“Julius expects to continue running the lodge until new owners move in, and will be available for an extended transfer,” he added.
News of Kristin’s death came as a shock to viewers, who were touched by the couple’s incredible story.
“I feel so inspired, yet completely broken, sounds clichéd, but things like this really put life into perspective,” wrote one.
“I’m sorry I heard about Julius in your program tonight. A truly inspiring couple and she deserved to live a full life, so sad, “said one of them.
“Yes, I cried too. Wasn’t expecting it, ”said another.
“It was just heartbreaking. My wife and I were completely off the ground, ”wrote one.
“I thought I was fine and one day in Sierra Leone in 2000 I was hit with a terrible fear and felt like I was going to die and my balance was disappearing. I now know that we would call that PTSD. ‘
Julius said he continued to work despite his deteriorating mental health, but a particularly poignant story he told caused him to break.
“I went to Iraq and Afghanistan to control the PTSD, and in 2004 I reported a terrible incident in South Russia that killed over 100 children.
“I was there and I thought this must be a turning point in my life, I can’t do this anymore,” he said.
Viewers were devastated to hear about Kristin’s death and sent their support to Julius after the announcement
By this time, he had met and fell in love with Estonian Kristin, who was married to a diplomat and head of the Reuters News Agency.
The couple decided to give up their high-flying career to travel through Canada with a motor home.
After coming to British Columbia in 2005 and setting up the bear lodge, the pair had quickly discovered the devastating impact of bear hunting on the region’s grizzly bear population.
The couple had to work hard to start their own business so that they could afford to pay the mortgage on their dream home and renovate the property where they would live.
Julius trained as a bear guide, and Kristin became a chef so they could offer tourists staying on their ranch a unique wilderness experience.