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Frank Bielec, ‘Trading Spaces’ Designer, Dies at 72

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Frank Bielec, a designer on the TLC collection “Trading Spaces,” died on Friday evening after struggling a coronary heart assault. He was 72.

TLC shared the information on the community’s Twitter account on Saturday morning.

“A tragic day for the TLC household as we study of the passing of beloved ‘Buying and selling Areas’ designer Frank Bielec. We’ll miss and keep in mind him fondly, his quirky model and great humorousness. We share our love and condolences with your entire Bielec household at this troublesome time,” TLC mentioned.

Bielec appeared on the house adorning collection throughout its unique run from 2000 to 2008 on TLC. Greater than 20 designers have been part of the present, however Bielec was one of many core group that was featured in each season. He additionally returned when the collection was revived in 2018.

Vern Yip, one other designer on each “Buying and selling Areas” collection, posted a tribute to Bielec on Twitter.

“Beautiful Frank Bielec handed away at this time from issues following a coronary heart assault. Humorous, smart, good and gifted, he all the time lent perspective and levity to each scenario. Thanks for all the time being variety to me. I’ll miss you dearly good friend,” he wrote.

Ty Pennington, a carpenter on “Buying and selling Areas” who went on to host “Excessive Makeover: Residence Version” on ABC, added “You can be missed Frank.”

The TLC collection was profitable sufficient to launch a number of spinoffs, together with “Buying and selling Areas: Household,” “Buying and selling Areas: Boys vs. Women” and “Buying and selling Areas: Residence Free.”

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