The cause of death for “Nashville Flipped” star Troy Dean Shafer was revealed, according to reports this week.
Shafer was found dead in late April, but his cause of death wasn’t disclosed. Now, the Erie County Coroner’s Office Pennsylvania died as a result of “combined drug toxicity,” People magazine reported. USA Today reported that his death was accidental.
It’s not clear what drugs were involved in his death. He was 38 years old.
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Troy, who starred in the DIY Network series started in 2016, died in his sleep, said his brother, Tim, according to TMZ. He said that Troy had no known medical problems, saying that his death came as a shock to everyone.
A representative for DIY Network told CNN at the time of his 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 Nashville Flipped. We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Troy’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
The reality TV star died on April 28, according to his obituary on Legacy.com. It said he “passed away unexpectedly” in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania.
“Troy was a gifted contractor, and was well-known for his restoration work on historical homes with his company, Nashville Flipped,” the obituary said, adding that “faith was an important part of his life.”
“He also loved the music of Elvis Presley and Huey Lewis and The News. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed Erie’s chicken wings. Troy treasured time with his cat, Marlow, and his dogs, Theo and Frankie,” the obituary also stated.
He is survived by his brother and parents.
“Nashville Flipped” aired on the DIY Network for two seasons, the network said, adding that it wasn’t in production during the time of his death.
“Even if they don’t do a second season,” Shafer said before the “Nashville Flipped” premiere, according to USA Today. “I’ve got nine 30-minute commercials about how passionate I am about historic homes and what I can do with historic houses.”
Other details about his death are not clear.
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