Rob Richardson, a cast member during all five seasons of CMT’s Trick My Truck, died Sunday night (Dec. 7) of an apparent heart attack at his home in Webb City, Missouri. He was 41.
Nicknamed “Hotwire,” Richardson owned Rob’s Audio Solutions, an automotive customizing shop in nearby Joplin, Missouri. Considered one of the best audio installers in the nation, he specialized in creating complex designs that, in his words, “jump out and bite you.”
Richardson and close friend Ryan “Ryno” Templeton were among the crew known as the Chrome Shop Mafia on Trick My Truck. The reality series featured their work in turning trucks into elaborate tributes to their owners.
In interviews, Richardson said he hoped Trick My Truck would put a positive spin on the business of trucking. Regarding his passion for audio, he said, “Pretty much anything that needs tunes in it, I’m there.”
After premiering in 2006, Trick My Truck became the most popular series on CMT.com a year later.
Richardson’s survivors include his wife Heather and daughters Makala and Meagan Pippin.
Funeral services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. A eulogy service will be held Thursday (Dec. 11).
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to a scholarship fund that will be set up for his daughters at US Bank.