Troy Dean Shafer: Cause of Death Tragically Confirmed

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We have an update on the tragic death of Troy Dean Shafer.

As previously reported, the Nashville Flipped star passed away in late April, taking family members and loved ones by complete shock when he died in his sleep.

Shafer was only 38 years old.

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The cause of death was unknown at the time, with Shafer's brother telling TMZ that there were no warning signs; nor had his sibling been recently diagnosed with any kind of medical condition or health concern.

We now have some more information, however.

According to the Erie County Coroner’s Office, the DIY Network house flipper died “due to combined drug toxicity.”

The specific drugs in his system were not made public.

Shafer, who hosted the program Nashville Flipped beginning in 2016, died on April 28 and was later laid to rest in a private ceremony.

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A representative for DIY Network released the following statement at the time:

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.

Shafer graduated from Penn State University and had moved from his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania to Nashville a decade ago to actually pursue dreams of becoming a country music star, according to a DIY Network biography.

However, his background in building and his talent for restoring homes led him to start a business flipping houses.

What an unusual story, right?

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After flipping a $31,000 East Nashville house with his dad, a homebuilder, Shafter proceeded to launch his own local renovation business, Nashville Flipped.

A random meeting with "American Pickers" co-host Mike Wolfe in a Nashville Wal-Mart led to Shafer taking the leap to television, he told The Tennessean ahead of his first Nashville Flipped installment.

Nashville Flipped tracked the lives of Troy, his wife Becky and his team of construction managers as they renovated run-down properties and also created custom designs for the owners of historic Tennessee residences.

Troy also starred in a pair of pilot episodes for a show titled Restoring Nashville on DIY, which aired in October 2018.


Nashville Flipped, meanwhile, premiered in 2016 and had completed two seasons at the time of Shafer's passing. 

We continue to mourn his loss and send our condolences to his loved ones.

May he rest in peace.

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