The cause was heart failure, according to his son, Douglas Osborne II. The owner of O.K. Corral Ostrich Farm in Oro Grande suffered a massive heart attack while working in his office and was taken to the hospital.
Osborne sold meat, eggs and jerky of the large flightless bird to wholesalers and high-end restaurants across the country. He and his ostriches appeared in the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” a Jay Leno show and History Channel’s “Modern Marvels.”
Osborne was born July 18, 1945 in Rochester, N.Y. His family moved to California, and Osborne grew up around Covina.
He served in the Army from 1966 until 1969 before he got his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from San Diego State University, where he studied psychology, sociology and finance, according to his son.
Just three weeks before his death, Osborne told the Daily Press if he was going to die, he wished to die on the farm while working.
“I’m making good money and I love doing what I do,” Osborne said. “I don’t want anything. I just want to take care of my ostriches.”
He is survived by his two sons, Douglas Osborne II and Christopher Hosack, and his grandson, Christian Hosack. Osborne II said he hopes to keep the family ranch going.
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Many Dirty Jobs viewers will remember Mr. Osborne from the Ostrich Farmer episode ~
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