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ONTARIO: Bear suit inventor dies in highway crash

Troy Hurtubise, who rose to fame in the 1990s when he invented an impenetrable bear suit, has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash in northern Ontario
Troy Hurtubise showing off his R-Light invention in the summer of 2016. Hurtubise died in a car accident last Sunday. Photo by Chris Dawson/

NORTH BAY — World famous local inventor Troy Hurtubise has died.  

The OPP have confirmed that the 54-year-old was the individual who died in Sunday’s collision along Highway 17 between North Bay and Sturgeon Falls that ended in an explosion leaving the highway closed in both directions for hours.   

The passionate inventor and naturalist was best known for making an impenetrable suit called the Ursus Mark VI that allowed him to feel safe around bears and run over by vehicles as depicted in a world-renowned 1996 documentary called "Project Grizzly." 

Hurtubise has been renowned for his unique inventions including the Angel Light, which he claimed could see through walls, along with building bulletproof padding which could be magnetically attached to the sides of military vehicles.  

However, the fanfare there was for his bear suit had definitely fallen off in the past two years.  

In April of 2016, Hurtubise announced he was going to build another bear suit and had set up a Go-Fund-Me page in hopes of raising $500,000 to build a new suit which he called the Ursus Mark VIII.   

However, that suit is now on sale at a local second-hand store for $1,500.  

Hurtubise wanted to do another documentary and re-live the experiences that had put him and North Bay on the international map.  However, that fundraising fell well short of his goal.  

In August of 2016, his last interview with BayToday, Hurtubise unveiled what he called an “R-Light” which he claimed could cure male pattern baldness and could treat vegetable seeds so they can grow in harsh conditions like the rainforest with next to no light.