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'Big Rig Bounty Hunters' Star Dead At 46

| by Simone Stover

Vince Jones -- one of the stars of "Big Rig Bounty Hunters" -- passed away at the age of 46 at his home in Delaware, Ohio. 

Jones' death, which occurred on March 22, was first reported by TMZ. Jones was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2016 and was not wearing an oxygen mask when he went to bed on the night of March 21. It is thought that the lack of oxygen triggered a heart attack, which is what his family believes to be the cause of his death.

According to Jones' mother, Carly Smith, Jones started having trouble breathing around 4 a.m. on March 22. He was making strange noises, which caused his wife to wake up. His wife performed CPR but was unable to revive him.

The death comes as a great shock to the family. Jones' daughter got married on March 18, just four days before his death. According to his family members, he seemed to be in good health at the wedding. 

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Jones was known for starring on the reality TV show "Big Rig Bounty Hunters." The show aired on the History Channel from February 2013 to June 2014, according to TV Guide. 

According to the History Channel's website, the show was about the lives of truckers who track down "big rigs" that go missing with valuable cargo inside. Companies place bounties on the missing trucks and offer extra rewards if they are returned with their entire load still intact. The show followed five groups of truckers from across the United States who took on this dangerous job with the promise of a big payday.

While on the show, Jones was partnered up with his friend, Shawn Zimmerman, whom he had known since kindergarten, according to the History Channel's website.

“Vince is my best friend,” Zimmerman said of Jones in a clip from the show from 2013, according to People. “He’s a brother of mine. I mean, I look at him more like family than I do friend.”

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The strong sense of camaraderie seemed to be reciprocated by Jones. 

“My job is to make sure Shawn is safe,” Jones said in the clip, according to People. “He’s the brains and the mouthpiece of the operation, but I’m here to protect him. We’re the bad boys of truck hunting because we do whatever we’ve got to do to get our job done and don’t take no s*** for doing it.”

According to his bio on the History Channel's website, Jones spent 18 months in jail and took on several construction jobs before he began recovering trucks. He chose to do so because the availability of construction jobs had started to dwindle and he wanted to better support his family. 

Jones is survived by his wife and six children.

Sources: TMZ, History Channel (2), People, TV Guide (2) / Photo credit: History Channel via People 

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