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Gabe Rygaard (1972 - 2016)

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Gabe Rygaard (1972 - 2016)

Gabe Rygaard, who formerly starred on the reality TV show “Ax Men,” died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in a motor vehicle crash near Port Angeles, Washington, according to multiple news sources. He was 44.

The three-vehicle crash occurred on U.S. Highway 101. The State Patrol report stated that Rygaard was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Peninsula Daily News. There were no other fatalities.

Rygaard and his family owned and operated Rygaard Logging. He was featured on seasons two through nine of the History Channel’s “Ax Men.” The show documented the methods of logging crews in several states, highlighting the dangerous situations the loggers encountered on the job. The series was canceled in 2015.


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He ran in the recent Republican Party primary for Clallam County commissioner but did not secure the nomination.

Rygaard is survived by his wife, Katy, and three children.

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