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'Home Town' star Erin Napier announces show producer's "devastating" and "sudden" death

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/09/2018 

Home Town star Erin Napier has announced the shocking death of her close friend and a producer on the show.

Erin took to Instagram on Thursday night to reveal and mourn the death of Brandon Davis, who contributed to her HGTV home renovation series with husband Ben Napier in their small Mississippi town.

"Today our hearts are broken in downtown Laurel after suddenly losing our friend, colleague and #HGTVHomeTown crew member Brandon Davis. We are all reeling, each one of us, and I am most devastated for his wife, baby boy, mama, brother and sister," Erin wrote.

"As believers we are all part of the body of Christ and as lovers of our little town working all together in the revitalization of downtown Laurel, we are all part of the body of our community, using our gifts to do the best we can for where we live."

Erin added, "His role as our own world class videographer and producer leaves a wound that won't heal for a long while."

Erin posted her message alongside a video that was created by Brandon last year to promote the reality TV stars' downtown home goods store, the Laurel Mercantile.

Narrated by Ben, the video introduces hometown heroes and their families, who each contribute a unique way of revitalizing and bettering their small town. Jerry, for example, holds the record for anvil shooting, and Charlotte makes the best "punch bowl cake" around. 

"I hope you will watch his work at @blackhornproductions like this piece he did for our store last year and appreciate his talent that told all of our stories so beautifully, better than any of us ever could," Erin continued in her Instagram post.

"I know Camp Home Town will miss him sorely. We are all better for getting to work with him and know him as a dear friend for as long as we did."

Home Town's second season is currently airing on HGTV.

The couple just welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Helen, in early January. Erin and Ben had announced the pregnancy in October 2017, but Erin discovered she was pregnant on May 13 of last year, which ironically happened to be Mother's Day.

Erin Napier/Instagram

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