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Deadliest Catch’s Mahlon Reyes, 38, died of cocaine overdose in accidental death, coroner reveals

Blake Painter 

Blake Painter

Before Reyes, former Deadliest Catch captain Blake Painter was found dead at his home in Astoria, Oregon, in May 2018. 

Authorities never released a specific cause of death for painter, but TMZ reported that a number of drugs were found near his body, including heroin, meth and the prescription painkiller Tramadol.  

His death was rumored to be from an accidental overdose after police found no evidence of foul play. 

Joe McMahon

Joe McMahon

Joe McMahon

Joe McMahon, who served as an associate producer on nine episodes of Deadliest Catch in 2013, was shot and killed aged 24 near his parents’ California home in July of 2015.  

The LA Sheriff’s Office determined that he was killed in a murder suicide after the suspected shooter was found dead in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Reports at the time suggested that McMahon had gone outside to investigate a noise coming from the street when he was shot. 

Witnesses reported hearing seven gunshots followed by the sound of a car driving away.  

Investigators later identified McMahon’s killer as 24-year-old Brandon Rafiepour. They did not say how the pair knew each other.  

Tony Lara 

Tony Lara

Tony Lara

Tony Lara, former captain of the Cornelia Marie, died aged 50 after suffering a heart attack while sleeping in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August 2015.  

Though he had only appeared in six episodes of Deadliest Catch, his death was felt deeply by members of the cast and crew.  

‘No conversation was cut short. No call unreturned,’ Lara’s crew said in a statement after his death. ‘When the Cornelia Marie needed him, he was quick to respond with a “When” and “Where.” 

‘He offered his support and his advice. He taught and he educated. At the end of the day, Tony made all of us just a little bit better.’ 

Justin Tennison

Justin Tennison

Justin Tennison

Justin Tennison, a deckhand on the Time Bandit, died aged 33 in 2011 at a hotel room in Homer, Alaska, just four days after returning from sea. 

His death was ruled to be from complications with sleep apnea.  

‘Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand,’ the ship’s crew said in a statement announcing the news. 

‘The captains and crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time.’ 

Keith Anderson 

Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson, the father of Deadliest Catch star Jake Anderson, went missing in 2010 and his skeletal remains were found two years later in rural Washington state. 

His death was ruled a homicide but eight years later no one has been arrested.  

Deadliest Catch cameras captured the moment Jake Anderson learned that his father had gone missing, providing some of the most haunting scenes of the entire series. 

After Keith Anderson’s body was recovered, his son spoke candidly on the show about how the trauma had motivated him to be the best fisherman possible.  

Phil Harris 

Phil Harris

Phil Harris

Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie, died aged 53 in 2010 – ten days after suffering a stroke while unloading crab in Alaska. 

Immediately after the stroke Harris was transported to a hospital in Anchorage where he underwent surgery and was placed in a medically-induced coma. 

A little over a week later he was brought out of the coma and pronounced dead. 

Harris’ son Josh opened up about his father’s death in an interview with People at the time, revealing the comfort his family found in his final days.  

‘We had nine days total that we were there to enjoy a few moments with him,’ Josh said. ‘We had our closest people there, and it was awesome.’

Mahlon Reyes 

Mahlon Reyes

Mahlon Reyes

Reyes was pronounced dead at a hospital in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana, soon after suffering a ‘massive heart attack’ on July 25.

It has since been revealed his death was caused by a cocaine overdose. 

Reyes, who last appeared on Deadliest Catch in 2015, was at the time in the recovery process from a torn Achilles tendon, which he suffered while crabbing.

He was planning on going back to Alaska for the beginning of the next fishing season.

To honor his memory, Reyes’ wife revealed she and his Deadliest Catch crew made plans to spread some of his ashes in the Bering Sea. 

Nick McGlashan

Nick McGlashan

Nick McGlashan 

McGlashan, a seventh-generation fisherman and crabber who appeared on the Discovery Channel reality series for seven years, passed away in December in Nashville.

The 33-year-old was found unresponsive by a friend in a $79-per-night room at the Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt on West End Avenue at 12:30pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders shortly after.

Friends of the reality TV star told The Sun McGlashan had been in good spirits in the days leading up to his death.

 However they say they fear the father-of-two, who for years had struggled with drug and alcohol abuse before getting clean in 2017, may have recently relapsed over Christmas.

In a statement, Nashville police said preliminary evidence ‘indicated the possibility of drug involvement’ in McGlashan’s death. 


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