'Deadliest Catch' Skipper Found Dead in Oregon Home

May 30, 2018, 04:40
'Deadliest Catch' Skipper Found Dead in Oregon Home

Blake Painter, one of the stars of the hit Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch, was found dead inside his home Friday, according to a report from TMZ. Police found prescription pills in the house, but it's not clear if they were a cause in his death, reports said.

He said there were no signs of foul play or suspicious circumstances.

Authorities say a friend of Painter's became anxious after not hearing from him for a couple of days and contacted police who went to Painter's home, where they determined he had been dead for several days.

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A Daily Astorian article from 2016 reported that Painter was seriously injured after he crashed his pickup truck into a tree near Fort Clatsop.

At the time, he was also charged with unlawful possession of heroin, tampering with physical evidence, and reckless driving.

Discovery Channel had no comment.

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Blake Painter, an OR fisherman featured on the television series "The Deadliest Catch", has died. The "Deadliest Catch" star was only 38.

Painter appeared on the show in early seasons, working as an engineer and eventually as the skipper of the crab boat F/V Maverick for a total of six years.

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