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Gabe Rygaard, of History’s cancelled Ax Men, was killed in a car accident

Gabe Rygaard, of History’s cancelled Ax Men, was killed in a car accident
Ax Men star Gabe Rygaard. (Photo by Michael Cheeseman/History Channel)

Ax Men star Gabe Rygaard, 45, was killed in a three-car accident early Friday morning in Port Angeles, Wash.

Six others were injured; Ryagaard wasn’t wearing a seat belt, according to state police. The Peninsula Daily News reported details of the accident:

“Rygaard’s 1995 Ford Bronco was behind a black Chevrolet Tahoe traveling east in the second lane of U.S. Highway 101 near milepost 243.

The Tahoe started slowing to a stop, said the report, and Rygaard’s Bronco veered to the left and struck the rear of the Tahoe.

The Bronco rotated and struck a Dodge Ram van, which was traveling west in the opposing lane.”

The History Channel cancelled Ax Men after nine seasons in May, which Gabe revealed on his Facebook page. This summer, he ran for county commission in Clallam County, but lost in August.

Rygaard Logging has been featured on the show since its second season, and was led by Gabe’s father, until season six, when Gabe took over.

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