September 2018 saw the untimely demise of Swamp People’s long-time cast member, Randy Edwards. He was only 35.
How Did It Happen?
Being on reality show Swamp People, Randy Edwards was in good shape. His health and fitness were never an issue, so it’s not hard to believe that he did not die of a medical condition.
Instead, the acclaimed T.V. star’s life ended in a way nobody saw coming: a car crash that proved to be fatal. The traffic collision took place on September 15, 2018, in Iberville Parish. The incident took place at 3 am when Edwards crashed his car into a utility pole on LA 75, south of LA 66. State police suspect the reason behind the crash was straightforward: impairment and poor judgment.
From a police report following the investigation, we know that the incident took place just before 3:00 am on September 15, 2018. Policemen from Louisiana State Police Troop A had been alerted of a traffic accident. They had launched a search mission following a fatal car crash that had taken place on LA 75, south of LA 3066, in Iberville Parish. They soon found that this crash involved a celebrity. It had taken the life of Swamp People star, Randy Edwards.
The search continued to reveal that Edwards was on his way southbound on LA 74. He had been driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, which perished with him. The crash occurred after he failed to follow through with a left hand curve. The car flew off the right side of the roadway and crashed into a utility pole. Edwards’ Chevy began to turn over itself as a result of the crash, leading to him being ejected from his seat. The star was not wearing a seat belt at the time, so there was nothing stopping him from gaining the fatal injuries that claimed his life.
He was declared dead upon impact by the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office. The police suspect that Edwards was intoxicated at the time of the crash, eliminating any chances of the incident being a set-up. The police took a toxicology sample from his body to confirm this, and later proved it true.
News of the tragic loss broke out later that day, when a family friend took to Facebook to confirm the demise of Randy Edwards on behalf of his mourning family. The post was seen on an official Facebook fan page dedicated to his father and brother.
Randy Edwards’ Role As Swamp People Cast
Swamp People is a reality show that is still up and running despite Edwards’ demise. The show follows the lives of a handful of proud descendants of French Canadian immigrants who struggle to preserve their ancestral way of life in the Atchafalaya Basin during alligator season–the most important time of year.
Edwards was on the show for years. Alongside him were his family members: his parents, Junior and Theresa, brother, Willie. He left behind a wife and three children, all of whom are young and share their father’s talent.
He had one daughter and two sons, the bars of whom are not public. His wife held great regard for her husband during his lifetime, and more so after his death. The Edwards family, save Randy, was mostly out of the spotlight save for a few appearances the children made on the show. Despite this, the names of the star’s kids have been hidden from public media. The star did not want the pressure of stardom to get to his children. For them, he left behind his net worth of $ 500’000
Randy Edwards was a commercial fisherman and hunter, a French Canadian down to the core. He had a promising future ahead of him and was due to take over the family business, a dream he will never be able to fulfill now. He was a staple in the first six seasons of Swamp People and became a star soon after his first appearance.
Remembering Randy Edwards
Born in 1983, the star left us aged only 35. He was a loving husband, an amazing father, and a caring son and brother. The show has proceeded without him but will never be the same again.