Zena Halpern from The Curse of Oak Island died earlier this year

Researcher Zena Halpern, whose work and theories featured prominently on History’s hit show The Curse of Oak Island, passed away earlier this year.

The popular New York-based historian was a good friend of Rick Lagina, and had extensive knowledge of Oak Island after spending more than half a century investigating how members of the Knights Templar may have come to North America in the past.

Back on Season 4 of the show, she famously brought to light what was believed to be a 14th Century map of Oak Island, with possible links to the Templars. Last season she also presented a theory of how a mysterious lead cross found on the island could be a representation of the Goddess Tanit.

In 2017, she authored the book The Templar Mission to Oak Island and Beyond: Search for Ancient Secrets: The Shocking Revelations of a 12th Century Manuscript.

Zena’s passing was revealed back in June, with The Curse of Oak Island fans paying tribute to her on social media.

One fan wrote: “So sad, she was a wealth of knowledge. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.” Another added: “She will be missed. She was a rich source of historical information.”

The Curse of Oak Island airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on History.

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