DIY's Sears Killed In Crash

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Jeffrey Sears, a vice president at DIY Network, died June 28 in Knoxville, Tenn., at age 48 of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident over the weekend, the network said.

Sears, vice president of creative services at Scripps Networks-owned DIY, earlier worked on the promotions team at HGTV. He worked at Scripps Networks for 12 years in all.

Scripps Networks president John Lansing called Sears one of the architects of DIY Network's success. "His special talent and creativity can be seen in the unmistakably compelling on-air personality of DIY in recent years," Lansing said in a statement. "This news hits all of us hard, and especially those who knew Jeff and worked closely with him."

Sears is survived by his wife, Joan, and teenage son, Connor.