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Frank Bielec, ‘Trading Spaces’ designer, dead at 72 after heart attack

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Frank Bielec, 'Trading Spaces' designer, dead at 72 after heart attack

Frank Bielec, an interior designer and one of the stars of TLC’s “Trading Places,” died Friday at age 72. 

TLC Network, which aired the series, confirmed Bielec’s passing in a tweet, mourning him as a member of their “family.”

“A sad day for the TLC family as we learn of the passing of beloved ‘Trading Spaces’ designer Frank Bielec,” they wrote in the tweet. “We will miss and remember him fondly, his quirky style and wonderful sense of humor. We share our love and condolences with the entire Bielec family at this difficult time.”

Bielec’s wife, Judy Lynn Neal, told TMZ that he died after suffering a heart attack the day before. He died at a hospital in Houston.

Fellow cast member and interior designer Vern Yip tweeted his condolences as well. 

“Lovely Frank Bielec passed away today from complications following a heart attack,” he wrote. “Funny, wise, nice, and talented, he always lent perspective and levity to every situation. Thanks you for always being kind to me. I will miss you dearly friend. #FrankBielec #RIP #TradingSpaces”

Ty Pennington, the “Trading Spaces” carpenter who went on to host ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” also mourned Bielec on Twitter, posting an image of Bielec holding an opossum. 

“Trading Spaces” aired originally from 2000 to 2008 on TLC and featured two sets of neighbors switching houses to redecorate one room in 48 hours. In 2018, TLC announced it was rebooting the show. “Trading Spaces” returned for two new seasons that April, featuring most of the show’s original cast, including Bielec. 

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