Troy's brother, Tim, told the outlet that the contractor unexpectedly passed away in his sleep, and that he had no known medical conditions. According to TMZ, the "coroner's office in Erie, PA confirms an autopsy was not performed on Troy's body, but a toxicology report will be finalized in the coming weeks."
Troy, originally from Erie, died on Apr. 28, according to an obituary published in the Erie Times-News. He is survived by his parents, Timothy and Janey Shafer, his brother Tim, as well as a niece, cousins, aunts and uncles — and his wife, Becky, whom he married in 2014, although she is not mentioned in the obituary. His family held a small, private burial last week.
Troy, a Penn State University graduate, had initially moved to Nashville to pursue a career in singing, but ultimately utilized his construction skills and pitched a home renovation show based in Nashville, focusing on homes from the 1800s and early 1900s. The show, Nashville Flipped, also starring Rob Kuskin and Sean Roberge, premiered in 2016.
"Troy Dean Shafer, contractor and host of DIY’s Nashville Flipped, has saved, restored and flipped dozens of historic homes in Nashville, Tennessee," DIY's website reads. "Troy also specializes in creating beautiful era-specific custom pieces for clients who own historic properties."
A representative with DIY Network also sent Yahoo Lifestyle the following statement: "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."
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