Responding to reports of a shooting, officers went to the home of Jimmy Gojdics in Fox, Fairbanks, on Sunday.
Police found Gojdics with gunshot wounds, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
On Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received word that a shooting had occurred at Gojdics’ home on the Old Elliott Highway behind the Silver Gulch Brewery. When troopers arrived, they found Gojdics was in a pool of blood and suffering from several apparent gunshot wounds. Even though he was transported immediately to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, he did not survive.
Gojdics, who sometimes spelled his last name “Gaydos,” was 69.
Newsminer.com reports that Gojdics’ body was transferred to the Alaska State Medical Examiner.
Here is the official statement from the Alaska State Troopers:
At 1506 hours, AST responded to a report of a shooting at a residence located on the Old Elliott Highway outside of Fairbanks. James “Jimmy” Gojdics, 69 of Fairbanks, was found on scene suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported via EMS to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His remains are being sent to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for autopsy. Investigation is ongoing by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.
Gojdics was originally from upstate New York, and had many friends in the Fairbanks area, according to one of the friends, Janine Carlson, who knew him for 12 years.
“Everyone was his friend and he met someone everywhere,” Carlson told the Daily News-Miner.
He appeared last year on the second season of the reality show, but ‘sustained an injury that made it impossible for his team to continue in the competition,’ spokesman Chad Sandhas said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
“We were saddened to learn of Mr. Gaydos’s untimely passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time,” National Geographic Channel spokesman Chad Sandhas told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The National Geographic website describes Gojdics as a “Homesteader,” adding, “He has spent time working as a fisherman, horse wrangler and trainer, blacksmith, forest service firefighter, carpenter, ironworker on skyscrapers and large bridges, gold prospector, river guide, and wilderness guide.”