For Andy Bassich, the Alaskan Wilderness isn’t just the choicest destination for tourists but also a haven and the most comfortable place to live in. Over a decade and counting, the epic vast land has given solace to the American musher, who spends his days in the wilderness with his over 37 sled dogs.
Living without internet connections, electricity, and water in a wilderness such as Alaskan is one big decision many people would easily shy away from but Andy has proved to be the only man brave enough to measure up to the challenges that come with living in such lonely and dangerous environment.
Over the years, the musher has been living the best moments of his life with his dogs and wife until recently when things took a rough turn, blowing out the oneness he once had as a married man with his wife of many years. Here is everything you need to know about the musher’s bio, age, net worth, and what exactly happened to his beautiful wife.
Andy Bassich Bio (Age)
Andy Bassich is a popular television star and American musher who has been living in Alaska with his dogs for many years. The musher was born in 1959, in Washington DC, where he was raised along with his siblings.
Andy graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, after which he moved to Alaska to rear dogs and hunt as well. Since then, he has been living in the bank of the Yukon River, along with his 37 sled dogs. The musher is best known for his involvements in the television series, Life Below Zero and other shows such as Erik Salitan, Jessie Holmes, Chip and Agnes Hailstone, Sue Aikens, and Glenn Villeneuve. Life Below Zero airs on the National Geographic channel and has hosted elites like Ciril Jazbec and Soledad O’Brien. Before stardom, he worked as a carpenter to help his family live a better life.
His Net Worth
Despite living in the cold and lonely Alaskan Wilderness, the television reality star leads a luxurious lifestyle which clearly indicates that he makes a huge sum of money from the numerous television series he appears in. As of 2018, Andy Bassich has an estimated net worth of $250,000. The musher reportedly makes around $100,000 from his roles on Live Below Zero and charges around $2,500 per person.
What Happened To His Wife?
Touted as the bravest man in history, Andy Basich spent over ten years with his wife Kate Rorke Bassich in the Alaskan Wilderness before the two terminated their marriage, to the disappointment of their mammoth fans. The musher met his wife in the year 2003 while he was working as a riverboat captain. Kate had visited the wilderness as a tourist and would later fall in love with Andy. Shortly after, the couple started a relationship which would lead to marriage and wider attention from the public.
For years, Bassich and his wife portrayed a perfect union to their fans whereas, behind the camera, the two were constantly at loggerheads with each other. Rorke eventually walked out of her marriage after it became excessively abusive by 2015 while their divorce was finalized in 2016. She revealed in an interview that she was abused physically and emotionally by her husband for many years and that she did her best to endure the torture and also fix her marriage but gave up after it became more severe.
The couple’s fans only got to know about their divorce when it was publicly announced on one of the episodes of Life Below Zero and by that time, Kate had already left the Wilderness. As expected, news about their separation left their fans devastated, with many showing deep concern about how Andy will be able to cope in the lonely and cold wilderness.
As regards to their children, Kate and her ex-husband actually gave birth to offsprings, although they kept information about them from the public. During a post-divorce interview, Rorke revealed that her youngest daughter is currently living in Canada.
Born in 1956, Kate rose to prominence after she began making appearances in ‘Life Below Zero’. Although the TV personality left Alaskan because of Andy Bassich, their fans are positive she might reconcile with her ex-husband and return to the show, which they claim have been boring without her.