"Deadliest Catch" Star Blake Painter was found dead in his Astoria, Oreg. 25.5. He was 38 years old.
Sheriff Tom Bergin of Clatsop confirmed Painter's death to the Associated Press and stated that he was found when a friend was worried and visited the house after failing to reach Painter.
Bergin said a cause of death would not be published until a toxicological report had been completed, but there was no obvious evidence of foul play.
The painter became famous after appearing in the early seasons of the Discovery Channel series following the lives of fishermen in the waters of the Bering Sea in Alaska, paying particular attention to the dangers of the work. An expert crab fisherman, Painter made first appearances on "Deadliest Catch" in 2006 during season two, but opted to leave the series several episodes in the third season. He worked as an engineer aboard the F / V Maverick before taking over the captaincy. He later acquired his own ship, the F / V Tradition, and returned the Maverick to Captain Rick Quashnick.
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(Pictured: Blake Painter, left, with Captain Rick Quashnick, right, in 2006.)