Jack Rebney, the subject of the popular documentary "Winnebago Man," died Wednesday at the age of 93.
The film's director, Ben Steinbauer, confirmed the death, with no cause of death given.
Jack Rebney, the foul-mouthed RV pitchman who became one of the internet's first viral personalities and was profiled in the documentary 'Winnebago Man,' has died at 93. https://t.co/JClJUZTsdG
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 11, 2023
"Jack has been living on the coast of Southern Oregon for the last several years, listening to MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and CBS on Sirius radio. And was preparing to produce some podcasts of a political nature," Steinbauer told Entertainment Weekly.
"He had a faithful dog, Kiri, and a community of neighbors who looked after him. He hated flies right up until the end," he added.
R.I.P. Jack Rebney, the '80s RV salesman whose hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was a forerunner of the viral video and became the subject of the documentary WINNEBAGO MAN.
We encourage you to read this moving note his friend Keith posted on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/77AKwQbuN5
— Kino Lorber (@KinoLorber) May 11, 2023
"In 2010, WINNEBAGO MAN was theatrically released nationwide by Kino Lorber (U.S.) and by Kinosmith (Canada). The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2009," according to the film's website.
"The documentary has been broadcast in more than a dozen countries internationally, including EPIX HD (US), The Movie Network (Canada), The Documentary Channel (Canada). ABC (Australia) and BBC Storyville (UK). Winnebago Man was Ben Steinbauer's feature film directing debut.a
RIP Jack Rebney. It WAS worth it. pic.twitter.com/8At52AIJwf
— Cribshitter (@Cribshitter) May 11, 2023
Friend Keith Gordan wrote, "I've devoted more than a few minutes during the past month wondering how we'd memorialized Jack. It turns out it's already been done."
He continued, "I ask all of you who care to watch 'Winnebago Man' again. That's the best way to remember him."
"Jack was the holy grail of VHS heroes we wanted to meet but we were nervous he'd hate us or throw a punch," Pickett and Prueher told EW.
"Instead, when we met him at a show and he saw how much joy his hilarious outtakes brought people, he actually hugged us at the end of the night! And keep in mind, this is a man who called a fly a 'goddamn jackass.'
"We've all had frustrating days at work but none of us has expressed it as colorfully or eloquently as Jack Rebney. He will be missed," he added.
The loss of Rebney will be mourned by friends and fans but his life will continue to be remembered for the documentary that portrayed his personality.