Troy Shafer, the star of the DIY Network series "Nashville Flipped," died April 28 in Pennsylvania, his home state.

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Troy Shafer, a popular Nashville house restorationist and host of the DIY Network series "Nashville Flipped," died unexpectedly at age 38 in April. 

"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,'" the network said in a statement to the USA TODAY Network. "We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Troy’s family and friends during this difficult time."

Shafer died April 28 in Pennsylvania, his home state, said an obituary in the Erie Times-News. His cause of death is under investigation, per the Erie coroner's office. 

"Nashville Flipped" launched in 2016, taking viewers inside Tennessee houses as Shafer renovated seemingly unwanted properties into must-have homes. 

Shafer moved to Nashville in 2005 with country music aspirations, he told the Tennessean in 2016, but struggled to find steady work. A noted fan of Elvis Presley and Huey Lewis, he performed with songwriter Billy Falcon. 

Shafer found his way to renovation and restoration in 2009, flipping a $31,000 East Nashville house with his father, a homebuilder. He proceeded to launch his own local renovation business, Nashville Flipped.

A chance meeting with "American Pickers" co-host Mike Wolfe in a Nashville Wal-Mart led to Shafer taking the leap to television, he said. 

“Even if they don’t do a second season," Shafer told the Tennessean ahead of the "Nashville Flipped" premiere, "I’ve got nine 30-minute commercials about how passionate I am about historic homes and what I can do with historic houses.”

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