The popular Canadian inventor behind the "bear suit" has been killed in a collision on Highway 17. Authorities identified Troy Hurtubise as the victim of a fiery crash west of North Bay last weekend. The 54-year-old inventor was behind the wheel of a vehicle that collided with a transport truck loaded with gasoline.
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The collision sparked an explosion that shut down the highway in both directions for hours June 17. The driver of the semi-truck suffered minor injuries but survived. Hurtubise was not as lucky and was identified later by the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.
Hurtubise became known as the inventor of the "Ursus Mark VI", an armored suit that could protect the wearer from a bear attack. He rose to fame after the release of the 1996 documentary "Project Grizzly". The documentary was produced by the National Film Board and launched Hurtubise into fame eventually garnering him a cult following that even included stars like Quentin Tarantino.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">🕯️ We are saddened to hear of the untimely death of inventor and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFBdoc?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFBdoc</a> star Troy Hurtubise. We extend our condolences to his friends and family. <br><br>He will always be remembered as the man who invented the bear-proof suit.<br>Project Grizzly → <a href="https://t.co/LxhHSbTT9D">https://t.co/LxhHSbTT9D</a> <a href="https://t.co/yskns8jXmd">pic.twitter.com/yskns8jXmd</a></p>— National Film Board (@thenfb) <a href="https://twitter.com/thenfb/status/1010271849643683841?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Hurtubise was busy inventing all the way until he died. His latest escapades were being funded by GoFundMe and included the Vulkanite-H and Pandora's Box which he said was constructed out of a super strong and flexible material. And the other device was supposed to be able to capture dark matter. "Project Grizzly" is available on YouTube.
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He started playing with dark matter and “they” had a gasoline truck burn him up. Lesson learned, don’t play with dark matter.