Officials "strongly suspect" drugs may have contributed to the sudden death of Nashville Flipped star Troy Shafer, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.
According to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook, a toxicology is now underway for the 38-year-old reality star who was found dead in his Pennsylvania home on April 28.
"Given the situation, we strongly suspect drugs were involved and a factor in his death," Mr. Cook told Radar.
At this time, an initial cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy will not be conducted.
"We routinely do a toxicology. That's the easiest thing to do," Cook noted. "An autopsy is only good in cases of gunshot wounds, trauma, that sort of thing. There is nothing to be seen in a drug death for instance by an autopsy, because we still have to wait for the toxicology."
Shafer rose to fame after he was filmed renovating, saving, and restoring several historic homes in Nashville.
"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," executives at the popular channel said in a statement. "We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Troy's family and friends during this difficult time."
The reality star grew up in Erie, Penn., before moving to Nashville in 2004. Following the show's end in 2017, he moved back to Erie, where he remained until his death.
He is survived by his wife Becky Haynes.