"Nashville Flipped" Star Troy Shafer Died Of Drug Overdose

By Kelly Burch 06/07/19

Shafer died on April 28 at the age of 38.

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Nashville Flipped Star Troy Dean Shafer
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Troy Dean Shafer, star of the home renovation show Nashville Flipped, died of a drug overdose, according to toxicology reports released this week following Shafer’s death in April. 

Shafer died “due to combined drug toxicity,” the Erie County (Pennsylvania) Coroner’s Office said, according to People. The office did not say which drugs were found in his system. 

Shafer died on April 28 at the age of 38. His brother, Tim, told TMZ that Shafer died in his sleep and that the death was unexpected since he did not have any medical conditions that the family knew about. 

Shafer starred in Nashville Flipped alongside his wife, Becky. On the DIY Network show, the duo flipped old houses around Nashville and completed custom renovations for homeowners. 

At the time of Shafer’s death the DIY Network expressed its condolences. 

“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 at the time. “We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Troy’s family and friends during this difficult time.” 

Shafer initially moved to Nashville to pursue his music career, but when that didn’t pan out he fell back on his construction skills. Nashville Flipped launched in 2016, with a second season the following year. 

“I continue to find myself so incredibly grateful for the opportunity provided to me (and my incredible team),” Shafer wrote in a 2016 Instagram post, according to People

During the time that Shafer was filming Nashville Flipped, Tennessee was grappling with an ever-worsening opioid crisis

"People taking a Percocet from a friend or relative are not thinking, 'One day I might end up on heroin.' We need to make people aware these are connected,” Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer of the Tennessee Department of Health, told The Tennessean in April 2016.

Since then the state has cracked down on opioid prescribing in an effort to reduce overdose rates. Still, the state’s mental health court system has struggled to keep up with the demand, according to The Tennessean. In part, that is because the state had cut funding for mental health care. 

“As soon as TennCare went away, the numbers skyrocketed,” retired Judge Dan Eisenstein told the newspaper. “Mental health court wasn’t set up to handle the numbers we were seeing.”

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