Discovery Channel: 'Deadliest Catch' Captain Dies

Captain Phil Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on January 29th while the boat was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery.

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

Few details were released; however, Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman issued a statement on behalf of Harris' sons, Jake and Josh, saying their father has "always been a fighter and continued to be until the end."

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


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  • by Anonymous Location: North Carolina on Feb 15, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    He will be greatly missed from the Discovery Channel show. I have watched him for the last two years catching Alaskan Crabs. My heart goes out to the family of a great fisherman. Rest in Peace!
  • by Sara Location: NC on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    LAVON, you go fishing in the Bearing Sea and try it in the dead of winter. Captain Phil had the guts to do it. My question to you is can you?
  • by jay on Feb 11, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    guess your name has to be lavon and have racist, twisted views on life to get a comment posted on your website. what a joke witn!!!
  • by Lars Edmundson Location: Homer, Alaska on Feb 11, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    The poem was custom-created for the occasion, on the spot. Thanks.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    Lars, where did that beautiful poem come from? It does sound very familiar. Thank you for sharing with everyone! What a better way to show love and respect for our Captain Phil! Hopefully Josh & Jake are reading these posts. They would be proud!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    To WITN: Can you please ban LaVon from using your site? All this person wants to do is cause conflict and stir up racial and political turmoil. It's folks like that that make our world harder to live in.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:51 AM
    When I lived in the SF Bay area, I had opportunity to see fishing boats come into Sausalito. Families waiting were not excitedly joyous but rather somber, as they watched to see if their own loved one came off the boat on their feet or horizontally - as did happen sometimes. Bering Sea is much more dangerous, but the profession overall is high risk & to be honored for the fine, hardworking people in it. Phil didn't treat his body the best, no (many ppl dont!), BUT I understand why he went back out after being warned not to. For some, it is most important to continue what they know & love the best, more so when they know their time may be limited. Burned into my memory was when the Time Bandit rescued a man who lost his grip on the outside of the pots on another boat. Johnathon wailing in desperation, "MAN OVERBOARD!" over & over is impossible to forget, along with seeing how shaken he was. These ppl are devoted families of conviction. Rather than argue about MJ, show some respect.
  • by RICH on Feb 10, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    LAVON- You really are a piece of work. I guess you actually met MJ or Ted Kennedy? So,where did you actually see them other than TV? I find it hard to believe that this is how you actually think. I really wish I could get you Personal E-mail address so I could tell you what I really think of you. Capt Phil and all the other HARD working Americans deserve so much more than what you are saying. It's sad that in your MInd MJ is a Hero and Ted kennedy is your second Mediah.
  • by Anonymous military dude on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    I have also been to Homer, did a fishing trip on The Huntress with Capt. Josh had a great time. Alaska is a beautiful place. I have seen these men go out on a daily basis and do what they love to do, they are one big family, that care for one another, even though they are all competing against each other. There are very few places in the states where you can find that type of brotherhood other than in the military. Lavon, you should be ashamed of yourself for your comments. You say you are devoted to God, yet you say things that say otherwise. You worship Obama like he was God, as was said in a previous post, KARMA is a *****.
  • by t Location: eastern carolina on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    RIP Captain! You will be greatly Missed. my prayers go out to the family that has lost their loved one! God will lift you up and carry you through these hard times!!
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