Captain of 'Deadliest Catch' dies of stroke, Discovery Channel reports

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By The Associated Press
February 09, 2010, 9:44PMANCHORAGE, Alaska —

:(:( A spokesman for The Discovery Channel says the captain of the “Deadliest Catch” fishing vessel Cornelia Marie has died.

Capt. Phil Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the boat was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. The 53-year-old fisherman was flown to Anchorage for surgery.

A Discovery spokesman said the Harris family contacted the network Tuesday evening with word of his death.

Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman issued a statement on behalf of sons Jake and Josh Harris. It said in part, “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end.”

In the network’s own statement, Hillman said, “We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart.”

In an e-mail she said no additional information was immediately available.

The Discovery Channel reality show depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska. Harris’ fishing vessel was based in Seattle.

-- The Associated Press
 
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That's too bad, he was a great guy. :(
 
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i saw that,,,,he was anice guy and fun to watch:pray::pray:for the family
 
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atleast they were at offload for opillio and not still afloat where help would have been even harder to get to... RIP captain phil... may the crab catch be unlimited in your next life
 
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atleast they were at offload for opillio and not still afloat where help would have been even harder to get to... RIP captain phil... may the crab catch be unlimited in your next life
man bro i hear ya, i could not imagine having to go through that if they were out in the middle of the ocean fishing.... they were definetly blessed in that area... r.i.p. phil
 
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