'Ice Road Truckers' Star Darrell Ward Dead at 52

Darrell Ward of Ice Road Truckers died in a plane crash

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Ice Road Truckers star Darrell Ward died in a plane crash near Rock Creek, Montana, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 52.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of Darrell Ward, a beloved member of the HISTORY family,” said the network in a statement to PEOPLE. “He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

According to a post on Ward’s Facebook page, he was headed back to Missoula, Montana, after meeting with fans at The Great American Truck Show in Dallas.

“An investigation is ongoing and more information will be made available at a later time as the National Transportation Safety Board will be handling they investigation,” the post reads. “[The] things Darrell loved most were his family, including his kids and grand-kids & trucking.”

Ward was one of two victims who passed away in the fatal aircraft accident; the co-pilot died in the wreck.

“Trucking has always been a large part of Darrell’s life; from running the harvest rigs with his grandparents and family, to driving trucks from Montana to Alaska and all roads in between,” the Facebook post continued. “In his free time, you could usually find Darrell giving back to the community any chance he got, he had promoted the most recent food drive to help victims in the Louisiana Floods and was scheduled to appear as the grand marshal for the Truck Convoy for Special Olympics in Nova Scotia.”

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