Responding to reports of a shooting, Alaska State troopers went to the home of Jimmy Gojdics in Fox, Fairbanks, on Sunday.
Police found Gojdics with gunshot wounds, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
Some reports indicate that Gojdics was found on his lawn outside his home.
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.
He 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.
According to police there are no suspects at this time.
“Everyone was his friend and he met someone everywhere,” friend Janine Carlson told the Daily News-Miner.
Gojdics, who sometimes spelled his last name “Gaydos,” 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 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,” Sandhas wrote.
Often described as an outdoorsman, he worked as a fisherman, blacksmith, river guide and horse wrangler among other outdoor/rugged trades.