“Ice Road Truckers” star Darrell Ward dies in plane crash

The 52-year-old star (pictured) of the History Channel reality series had just finished filming the tenth season of the History Channel reality series and was preparing for another, with filming slated to begin in the winter of 2017.
August 29, 2016

Darrell Ward, star of History Channel’s reality series Ice Road Truckers was killed in a plane crash on Sunday, Aug. 28. He was 52.

Ward’s death was confirmed via a prepared statement posted on his official Facebook page. He had just left The Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas and was heading to Missoula, Montana to begin filming a pilot for a new doc-style show involving the recovery of plane wrecks when the small plane he and an as-yet unidentified co-pilot were in went down. An investigation into the crash has been launched by the National Transportation Safety Board, with more details expected to be made public “at a later date.”

“The things Darrell loved most were his family including his kids and grand-kids and trucking,” the statement reads.

A woman who identified herself online as Terra Ward, Darrell Ward’s daughter, wrote a post on Facebook in memory of her father.

“I know most of you know my dad as the Montana Legend as he is just that! But he’s been the Montana Legend to me my whole life my everything Ice Road Truckers has been on for five years, but he’s been my dad for 21 and I cherished him! I looked up to him he was my rock I called him everyday he taught me everything I know!,” the post reads.

The History Channel released is own statement Monday, noting, “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.”

Ward had just finished filming the 10th season of Ice Road Truckers, the show on which he rose to prominence. The Facebook statement said that an additional season of the show had been greenlit with filming having been slated to begin in winter 2017.

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