Ray Rybachuk

Ray Rybachuk, 42, died after a snowmobiling accident over the weekend. (CBC)

Controversial local businessman and property owner Ray Rybachuk has died.

Friends said the 42-year-old died in a snowmobile crash over the weekend.

Rybachuk made headlines recently after he broke into a business he co-owned and took a chainsaw to the roof.

Winnipeg Police named Rybachuk a top criminal threat, after his long history of criminal activity including multiple convictions for drug trafficking, money laundering, assault, and obstructing justice.

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There is no word on the official cause of death.

The snowmobiling accident happened Sunday morning.  

Police said they were called just after 10 a.m. for a man who had fallen off his snowmobile after veering off a trail into a ditch. 

Paramedic were unable to revive the man. 

Police said he was wearing a helmet at the time.