In 2004, Troy Dean Shafer packed up his things in his Pennsylvania hometown and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in hopes of pursuing a country music career. Although that didn’t pan out, Shafer stayed musical and often jammed with his friends at his home.
Even though his dreams changed, his location stayed the same. After finding his knack in flipping and restoring houses, Shafer founded Nashville Flipped, a home-restoration business that would help families bring their historical homes to the 21st century.
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He eventually would helm a popular television show on the DIY Network called Nashville Flipped, which ran for two seasons beginning in 2016. In October 2018, Shafer excitedly shared that he had been working on a new show, titled Restoring Nashville.
Shafer’s brother, Tom, confirmed to TMZ that the TV host had passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on April 28. The Shafer family told the publication that he had no health problems, so his death came as a shock to them.
The network issued the following statement on Wednesday (May 8), according to CNN.
“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’s cause of death is not yet available, but a toxicology report is expected in the next few weeks.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Shafer’s family.