The world of reality television just suffered a tragic loss.
Darrell Ward, one of the stars of History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, was killed Sunday when his plane crashed en route from Dallas to Missoula, Mont.
Ward had attended the Great American Truck Show in Dallas over the weekend.
Ironically, 52-year-old Ward was scheduled to begin filming a documentary on what goes into recovering a plane crash.
In a statement to Fox 411, a spokesman for Ice Road Truckers said, “We are saddened by the tragic loss of Darrell Ward, a beloved member of the HISTORY family. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”
A press release was posted on Ward’s social media page, where many people went to pay their respects.
One fan wrote: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Darrell’s. Loved watching him on The Ice Road Truckers. He will be missed by all!!!”
Another posted: “We are stunned and saddened by this tragic loss, our thoughts and prayers go to his family. May the good lord wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you as well as to give you the strength and courage to get thru this.”
Witnesses of the crash stated the plane went into a stall and the pilot was unsuccessful in his attempt to gain control.
The Cessna 182 was making an approach to an airstrip in Rock Creek, Mont., and crashed onto the shoulder of Interstate 90.
The accident killed Ward and another person aboard the plane.
The incident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Ward’s family reportedly released a short statement: “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief. His manager and best friend M. Bob Stanton and long time friend Chuck Campbell are expected to make a lengthier statement shortly.”
Ward, who described himself as an “adrenaline junkie,” was true to his motto: “Any road, any load.”
Ice Road Truckers chronicles the often dangerous lives of the people who haul cargo to remote areas. (For more from the author of “TV Star Dies in Plane Crash – ‘Tragic Loss'” please click HERE)