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Frank Bielec, Designer on TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces,’ Dies at 72

Bielec appeared on the popular cable show for eight seasons

Designer Frank Bielec, who remodeled and redecorated rooms for eight seasons on TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” died on Friday at the age of 72.

Bielec’s passing was announced by TLC on Saturday morning, with the network tweeting that it will miss his “quirky style and wonderful sense of humor.”


Bielec’s wife Judy told TMZ, the first outlet to report the news, he had suffered a heart attack on Thursday and was taken to a hospital to Katy, Texas, before being transferred to a hospital in Houston, where he later passed away.

From 2000 to 2008, Bielec was one of the main designers featured on the show, which had a set of neighbors redesign a room in the other person’s home with the help of designers like Bielec. After contributing to the 2018 reboot, he was on a total of 43 episodes of the show. Bielec was also featured in spinoff series like “Trading Spaces: Family” and “Trading Spaces: Home Free.”

Vern Yip, another designer on the show, shared a tribute to Bielec on Twitter on Friday night, calling him “funny, wise, nice and talented.”

A number of other Twitter users shared kind words about Bielec after hearing the news of his death.

Bielec taught elementary school art and social studies classes for years before earning his Master’s degree in Fine Arts. He later became a florist for two decades and was a respected artist who had his work featured in galleries. Along with his wife, Bielec opened a cross-stitch business called “Mosey ‘n Me” in 1989.

Judy Bielec told TMZ the family will not be holding a funeral service.