The Discovery car savant was born on November 7, 1980 in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He grew up in Pendleton County and graduated from the state’s Log Cabin Learning Center. Following his graduation, Ellis worked a number of jobs but later found a passion working on street-racing cars and began his career as a mechanic at Oklahoma City’s Midwest Street Cars Automotive.
Discovery premiered Street Outlaws in 2013 and featured appearances from the Kentucky mechanic until 2018. The network did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Survivors include Ellis’ mother Loleta Sullins, his brothers Robbie Ellis, Quentin Ellis, and Logan Justice; and his sisters Amanda Scothorn, Alana Messer and Amanda Whobrey.
A graveside service will take place Friday.