HGTV Host Bill Beckwith of 'Curb Appeal' Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 10:59 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Bill Beckwith, co-host of the popular HGTV series "Curb Appeal," died Monday evening when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood.

Beckwith, 38, was a carpenter on "Curb Appeal," the half-hour HGTV show that worked with actual homeowners to improve the exterior appearances of their home with updated makeovers, according to the show's website.

KPIX-TV reported that Beckwith, who lived in San Francisco, was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital after the accident. While KPIX-TV did not describe how the accident happened, it noted that the driver of the other vehicle involved stayed on the scene and cooperated with law enforcement with its investigation.

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Beckwith, a Maine native, attended school and the University of Montana. His business, BB Design Build, allowed him to work on numerous home projects, noted the website.  E! News said the business specialized in cabinetry and finish work.

"The HGTV family is deeply saddened by Bill's tragic death, and we mourn his loss along with his many family and friends who will miss his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life," HGTV said in a statement, reported E! News.

A Facebook page in Beckwith's memory was created where his girlfriend Yulia Korneeva posted photos and expressed her feelings.

"My love: so kind, so bright, adventurous and strong. You are loved by so many good people! I wish you could stay with us for way longer," Korneeva's Facebook note stated.

"Well, this is hard to believe or understand," Andy Seaver, another friend, wrote on Facebook. "My heart is broken for family: Mom and dad, Christian, Amy and Natala. I can't comprehend. All day, I don't know what to say, so I'll start with my memories. I have so many of us."

Beckwith was the second media personality to die from a traffic accident in California within a week. Paul Walker, costar of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise died in Southern California Friday after a vehicle he was a passenger end crashed after he attended a charity event, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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The accident remained under investigation but speed appeared to be a factor, reported the Times.

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