Man who said he burned Natalee Holloway's remains killed in Florida

The man who claimed to have cremated Natalee Holloway’s remains was stabbed to death in western Florida.

John Christopher Ludwick died Wednesday morning at a Sarasota County hospital after being knifed by a woman he knew, North Port police said in a Facebook post.

The 32-year-old victim was trying to kidnap the woman as she got out of her car, cops said.

Ludwick was stabbed during the ensuing scuffle and fled the woman’s driveway.

Cops later found a bleeding Ludwick away from the scene, airlifting him to the hospital where he died that morning.

Ludwick made waves less than a year ago, when he discussed his roll in Holloway’s 2005 death in Aruba.

The Alabama teen vanished that May while on a high school graduation trip, sparking relentless searches.

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WASHINGTON - JUNE 08: Beth Holloway participates in the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center on June 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. The non profit resource center was founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment and was created to assist families of missing persons. Beth Holloway's daughter Natalee is the Alabama teen who disappeared five years ago in Aruba. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Joran Van der Sloot (C) of the Netherlands is escorted by the police as he is transferred from the police headquarters to the prosecutor's office in Lima June 10, 2010. An official at the Peruvian national police's criminal investigations unit told Reuters on Tuesday that Van der Sloot admitted he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores, whose body was found in a Lima hotel room last week. REUTERS/Stringer (PERU - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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Joran van der Sloot, 20, takes a walk to the local supermarket near the house of his parents in Oranjestad, Aruba, just after he was released from prison 07 December 2007. Van der Sloot was the prime suspect in the disappearance of US woman Natalee Holloway in May 2005 while she was on an end-of-school vacation. Van der Sloot who was one of the last people to see the woman alive was arrested twice, once in 2005 for three months to be questioned, and once more in November 2007. The case was thrown out due to lack of proof. AFP PHOTO / ANP PHOTO RAUL HENRIQUEZ NETHERLANDS OUT / BELGIUM OUT (Photo credit should read Raul Henriquez/AFP/Getty Images)
Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared five years ago in Aruba, speaks at the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), a non-profit resource center created to assist the families of missing persons founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, in Washington June 8, 2010. Joran Van der Sloot, linked to the mysterious disappearance of Natalee in Aruba, has confessed to the murder of a female student in Peru, police said on Tuesday. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case, which was much publicized in the United States, but he was never charged due to insufficient evidence. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Diane Jacob joins a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
Daily News front page June 3, 2010, Headline: NATALEE HOLLOWAY SHOCKER - FIEND'S ON RUN - Suspect hunted in new brutal hotel murder (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)
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Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee disappeared five years ago in Aruba, speaks at the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC), a non-profit resource center created to assist the families of missing persons founded by Holloway and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, in Washington June 8, 2010. Joran Van der Sloot, linked to the mysterious disappearance of Natalee in Aruba, has confessed to the murder of a female student in Peru, police said on Tuesday. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in the Holloway case, which was much publicized in the United States, but he was never charged due to insufficient evidence. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Jacki Curry holds her daughter, Jessica Curry, 19, during a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Mayor John Robert Smith and his wife Kelly Smith join a prayer vigil Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
MERIDIAN, MS - JUNE 6: Mayor John Robert Smith and his wife Kelly Smith join a prayer vigil at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church for missing teen Natalie Holloway, who disappeared a week ago while on a senior trip to Aruba, June 6, 2005 in Meridian, Mississippi. Holloway's father, David Holloway, belongs to the church in the southern city of about 40,000 residents. A massive search for the teen along the coast of Aruba has ensued and two men have been charged in connection with her disappearance. (Photo by Marianne Todd/Getty Images)
Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot waits for his trial to begin at the courtroom in the Lurigancho prison in Lima January 11, 2012. Van der Sloot, who was arrested but never charged in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old Alabama native Natalee Holloway on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, has told police he killed 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a casino in Lima. He may accept murder charges against him in a plea offer to judges on Wednesday in exchange for a reduced sentence, his lawyer said. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (PERU - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Joran Van der Sloot of the Netherlands (C) is transferred by the police to the Justice Palace to be held temporarily before being moved to a prison in Lima June 11, 2010. An official at the Peruvian national police's criminal investigations unit told Reuters on Tuesday that Van der Sloot admitted he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores, whose body was found in a Lima hotel room last week. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares(PERU - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
A woman looks at a newspaper headlines (UP) 22 November 2007, announcing the arrest of the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba, at Aruba Head. Joran van der Sloot, 20, was arrested in the Dutch city of Arnhem at the request of the authorities in Aruba, prosecutors said. Van der Sloot spent three months in jail in Aruba while being questioned over Holloway's disappearance, before being released due to a lack of evidence. AFP PHOTO / ANP PHOTO RAUL HENRIQUEZ - NETHERLANDS OUT - BELGIUM OUT (Photo credit should read Raul Henriquez/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ludwick claimed suspected killer Joran Van der Sloot paid him $1,500 in 2010 to dig up and cremate Holloway’s buried remains.

“The idea was to crush everything to the point where it wasn’t recognizable as her bones or skull or anything like that,” he said on the Oxygen network’s “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” last fall.

But neither Ludwick nor Van Der Sloot — who was convicted for the 2010 murder a woman in Peru — were charged for the incident, because there wasn’t enough to back up the account.

A forensic scientist who tested the bones Ludlow burned declared in October that they didn’t belong to Holloway.

Cops in Florida reached out to those in charge of the nearly 13-year-old Holloway case about Ludwick’s death.

“We are aware of Mr. Ludwick’s history and comments surrounding the disappearance of Natalee Ann Holloway in Aruba during May of 2005,” North Port police said in the Facebook post. “The correct authorities who are working that case have been notified.”

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