Three arrests after reality TV star is stabbed to death

Attack took place during early hours altercation

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A Merseyside bouncer that starred on E4’s Tattoo Fixers has been stabbed to death in a car park.

Danny Fox, 29, who had appeared on the show to have a tattoo corrected, was found with stab wounds to his neck after a late-night incident.

He had apparently been chased from a bar before being killed.

Two 18-year-old women have been arrested, with one released on police bail while the other is still being questioned in police custody. A man, who was also arrested, is still in custody at the time of reporting.

When he was on the E4 show, Danny said that he would make “good boyfriend material”.

Danny also said he could “cook and clean” and was “close to the family”.

He added that he loved animals and, although he liked going out, he also liked cosy nights in.

He told the cult E4 show: “Need this tattoo fixed because… when I decide to settle down… the girl I settle down with, obviously she wouldn’t like it.

“I’ve got a lot of love to give and I’ve got no one to give it to.”

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Police believe he was involved in an altercation outside Bar44. A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in St Helens in the early hours of this morning, Friday 2 September.

“Emergency services were called to North John Street at around 3.20am to reports a man in his 20s had been injured.

“Police and ambulance attended and found the man with a knife wound to the neck.

“He was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“There was a verbal altercation outside Bar 44 on Westfield Street and the victim was then chased to North John Street.”

A post-mortem has now revealed that Danny died from a single stab wound to the upper torso.

A spokesman for Dreem Bar, where Danny had worked as a bouncer, said: “It’s with great sadness we have lost one of the most adored and best door lads in town.

“He was like family to us – Dreem Bar staff are in utter disbelief.

“Danny wasn’t just a door lad he was part of the Dreem team and will be greatly missed.

“Sleep tight our blue eyes.”

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Steven ‘Sketch’ Porter, one of the star tattooists on the show, tweeted his condolences after hearing the news.

He mentioned that Danny “had a smile to light a room”.

Danny’s was the second tragic death of a reality TV star in under seven days.

Earlier in the week, Darrell Ward, star of the reality show Ice Road Truckers, was killed in a plane crash at the age of 52.

History channel spokeswoman Susan Ievoli confirmed that Darrell died in the fiery crash in western Montana, alongside his co-pilot 56-year-old Mark Melotz.

Police said the pilot appeared to be trying to land at a small airstrip when “something went drastically wrong”.

Witnesses said the plane went through a stand of trees, hitting some of them.

A statement on Ward’s Facebook page said he was travelling to Montana to begin filming a pilot episode of a new documentary-style show about the recovery of plane wrecks.

The adventure-loving trucker was also a father and a grandfather.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

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Darrell’s family said in a statement: “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

“Trucking has always been a large part of Darrell’s life; from running the harvest rigs with his grandparents and family, to driving trucks from Montana to Alaska and all roads in between.”

The message added: “His motto, ‘Any road, any load’ fits his personality perfectly.”

A statement from History said: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of Darrell Ward, a beloved member of the History family.

“He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

Ice Road Truckers follows truckers who take supplies across frozen lakes to work camps and remote towns.

In the UK, the latest series had around 900,000 viewers per episode on Channel 5.

Darrell became a fan favourite over the course of his four seasons on the docu-series, well known for his fearlessness, and for lending a hand to fellow truckers in need.

Nancy Brown
Associate Editor