'Trading Spaces' Star and Katy Resident, Frank Bielec Dead at 72


May 16, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy’s Frank Bielec, of TLC’s Trading Spaces fame, passed away Friday after complications from a heart attack. Last month, Frank reunited virtually with his Trading Spaces cast members to greet fans. But to Katy, he was more than a reality TV star. His friendly and joyful community presence will be greatly missed.

Photo: Katy Magazine

Star Called Katy Home

Frank Bielec suffered a heart attack on Thursday. According to his wife Judy he was moved from a Katy hospital to one in Houston for a specialized procedure. He passed away Friday due to complications from the heart attack.

Many residents of Katy recognized Frank from the well-known TV show and were directly impacted by the kindness of their local celebrity.

City of Katy Mayor Bill Hastings fondly remembered Frank.

"He was one of those guys who was always smiling and had something uplifting and funny to say," remembers Mayor Hastings. "He was the 'star' of the Katy community. He will be greatly missed."

A Family Man

Frank is survived by his wife Judy of 31 years, their son Matt, and grandchildren Mason and Ava.

Friend and fellow Trading Spaces designer, Vern Yip shared the news of Frank’s passing.