David McLaughlin, a Maine woodsman and skidder operator who had a supporting role on the Discovery reality series “American Loggers,” died April 23 at the age of 45, his employer confirmed. He had suffered from a severe diabetic condition for several years and his struggles with the disease were often show.
McLaughlin, who went by Davey, is known to Discovery viewers for being a hardworking and having a great sense of humor.
‘”American Loggers” follows the work of the Pelletier logging operation in Maine. Rudy Pelletier told the Bangor News that McLaughlin’s condition often kept him off the job.
“He could not control his diabetes. He was having problems,” Pelletier said. “We had to release him [from work] from time to time so that he could get his health on track. It used to really concern me when we were out in the woods working.”
Unlike some work-related reality shows, “American Loggers” delves into the personal lives of its subjects. Pelletier believes viewers felt a connection with McLaughlin’s health difficulties after watching him on the small screen.
McLaughlin is survived by two sons, 18-year-old Ryan McLaughlin and 23-year-old Adam McLaughlin, and a long-time girlfriend, Laurie Carey.
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