BANGOR — A Maine woodsman and skidder operator featured in a supporting role on Discovery Channel’s “American Loggers” has died.

Forty-five-year-old David McLaughlin of Milo suffered from a severe diabetic condition. Rudy Pelletier, co-owner of Gerald Pelletier Inc. of Millinocket, said the amiable, hardworking logger was sidelined from time to time because he could not control his diabetes. McLaughlin died Friday night.

McLaughlin’s condition was diagnosed when he was 14, but he didn’t let it keep him down. Some said his humor – he was a fan of the late comedian Richard Pryer – came through on the TV series.

“American Loggers” focuses on the Pelletier family’s logging operations. Rudy Pelletier told the Bangor Daily News viewers were touched by McLaughlin’s struggles.


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