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SteelerNation12
02-10-2010, 01:13 PM
Discovery Channel: 'Deadliest Catch' captain dies
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Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show "Deadliest Catch", has died, the Discovery Channel said Tuesday night. He was 53.

Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the fishing vessel he captained, Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. The fisherman was flown to Anchorage for surgery.

The reality show, which has filmed five seasons, has been one of the Discovery Channel's most popular and depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska.

"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," sons Josh and Jake Harris said in a statement released by the network. "For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."

In a statement, Discovery Channel senior vice president Elizabeth Hillman says, "Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him."

"We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart," she said.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, she said no additional information was immediately available Tuesday night.

Harris had seemed to be improving, and in a posting last Saturday on the ship's Web site, he was described as "talking to friends and family today; showing his greatest progress" since the stroke.

His sons wrote in a Feb. 3 posting that "No one ever said Captain Phil Harris wasn't tough. Today, dad showed some good signs of improvement, squeezing our hands and even summoning his trademark Captain's bluntness ... We are encouraged but still very cautious."

According to the ship's Web site, Harris started working on fishing boats at age 7 and started work 10 years later on a crab boat. When Harris turned 21, he ran a fishing vessel out of Seattle, making him one of the youngest to captain a vessel in the Bering Sea.

When Harris suffered the stroke, the family said a friend, Derek Ray, had flown to St. Paul to take over the role of relief skipper for the rest of the opilio crab season.

Harris' fishing vessel was based in Seattle.

http://tv.yahoo.com/deadliest-catch/show/41661/news/tv-news.en.ap.org/tv-news.en.ap.org-20100210-us_obit_phil_harris

Not sure how many fans of the show post on here. But I watch it every know and then. This guy seemed like a good father, who didn't give his son any favoritism on the boat and was at one point going to fire him. May he RIP and thoughts/prayers to his family and friends.

urgle burgle
02-10-2010, 01:18 PM
that sucks...i used to watch that show regularly and he was one of my favorites.....at one point i seriously thought about going up there to give it a shot.

fansince'76
02-10-2010, 01:24 PM
That's a bummer, but not really surprising. He was never exactly a picture of good health, even on the show. I remember one episode where he was coughing up blood. He smoked like a chimney as well. RIP, Cap'n Phil. :tombstone

Fire Haley
02-10-2010, 01:30 PM
RIP

I'm lighting one up for you bro.

I blame the coffee and stress.

supa_fly_steeler
02-10-2010, 01:39 PM
rip man.

tony hipchest
02-10-2010, 01:46 PM
That's a bummer, but not really surprising. He was never exactly a picture of good health, even on the show. I remember one episode where he was coughing up blood. He smoked like a chimney as well. RIP, Cap'n Phil. :tombstone

:yep:

i never followed the show regularly but finally saw all the episodes of this last season when they had a marathon last summer (including the coughing blood episode).

he seemed like a hard assed boss but extremely cool and likable guy. it was compelling television to say the least.

:smoker: *fires one up for the cap'n*

SCSTILLER
02-10-2010, 02:23 PM
:yep:

i never followed the show regularly but finally saw all the episodes of this last season when they had a marathon last summer (including the coughing blood episode).

he seemed like a hard assed boss but extremely cool and likable guy. it was compelling television to say the least.

:smoker: *fires one up for the cap'n*

Was a loyal follower of the show, he seemed like a hard ass, but a fair one. The episode he was coughing up blood I beleive was caused by a blood clot that released and went all the way through his system. RIP Captain Phil. Cannot light one up for you, but will have a can of your favorite drink on the show, Redbull.

devilsdancefloor
02-10-2010, 02:56 PM
very sad cap'n phil is gone! my sons will be extremely bummed out they like him a lot.

revefsreleets
02-10-2010, 04:16 PM
He was a "Type A" personality in a SUPER stressful competitive industry that had an emphasis on extreme physical and mental demands. AND he didn't take care of himself.

RIP, though...good show.

MACH1
02-10-2010, 04:31 PM
Was a loyal follower of the show, he seemed like a hard ass, but a fair one. The episode he was coughing up blood I beleive was caused by a blood clot that released and went all the way through his system. RIP Captain Phil. Cannot light one up for you, but will have a can of your favorite drink on the show, Redbull.

Yep, he got lucky and it got stuck in his lung instead of getting to his brain.

Could happen to anyone who sits for extended periods of time.


RIP Captain Phil

GBMelBlount
02-10-2010, 04:34 PM
My little brother (fraternity) was killed while working a summer job on a fishing trawler.

It is a tough racket to say the least...

RIP.

GoSlash27
02-10-2010, 05:11 PM
Captain Phil was my favorite :(
He stayed stressed out, so I'm not surprised.