‘Tough as a Bull:’ Deadliest Catch Cast Remembers Crew Member Justin Tennison

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The Discovery Channel’s hit show, ‘The Deadliest Catch’ has had another death in the family: Crew member Justin Tennison was found dead in an Alaska hotel room Tuesday. His death comes about one year after Captain Phil Harris died of a stroke while offloading crabs.

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The AP reports the 33-year-old engineer died of “unknown causes” in the seaside town of Homer, Alaska. Though details are still emerging, police said that a party was held in Tennison’s hotel room Monday night and that beer, hard liquor and a small amount of marijuana were found at the scene.

Before his death, Tennison worked aboard Time Bandit, the crab-fishing boat featured in the show. The boat’s crew issued a statement on their website saying their colleague “passed peacefully in his sleep.”

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“Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand,” read the statement. “The captains and crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year.”

Tennison’s name does not appear on the show’s roster at the Discovery Channel site. He’s expected to make a posthumous debut in following seasons of the show. -by Christy Choi