Sad news coming from the reality television world. DIY’s Nashville Flipped contractor and host, Troy Dean Shafer, has died. He was 38.
Troy’s brother, Tim, revealed to TMZ that the reality star died in his sleep on April 28. The obituary, published in the Erie Times-News reads, “Troy Dean Shafer, 38, passed away unexpectedly, on Sunday, April 28, 2019. He was born in Erie, on August 18, 1980, the son of Timothy and Janet Shafer.”
TMZ also reports that ‘an autopsy was not performed on Troy’s body, but a toxicology report will be finalized in the coming weeks.’ The family was unaware of any medical conditions.
The DIY Network released a statement regarding Troy’s death. “The DIY Network family is sorry to hear about the passing of Troy Dean Shafer, a dedicated, driven entrepreneur and restoration expert who was admired by everyone who worked on the series,” they said in the statement. “We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Troy’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Troy moved to Nashville to become a musician but he ended up finding fame with house flipping. The synopsis of Troy’s show, Nashville Flipped, reads, “Nashville house flipper Troy Dean Shafer buys and renovates historic homes in communities in and around Nashville, Tennessee. But reviving classic homes isn’t always easy: When you peel back years of neglect, you’re bound to run into unexpected problems. Troy and his team will pull out all the stops as they attempt to bring these amazing homes back to their former glory … without breaking the bank.”
Troy is survived by his parents Timothy and Janet Shafer, his brother, Tim N. Shafer (Katie); one niece, Samantha Shafer; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.