‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Blake Painter, 38, Found Dead In Home
Deadliest Catch star Blake Painter was found dead in his home in Astoria, Oregon. He was only 38.
Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin confirmed with reporters that the reality show star was found dead by a friend who was concerned he couldn’t get a hold of Painter. “He was located on Friday but probably passed away a day or two ahead of that,” Bergin says to Deadline. “Friends contacted the Sheriff’s office, and we went in and discovered his body. There was no evidence of foul play.”
Bergin stated that there was no apparent evidence of foul play, but the official cause of death would not be released until the toxicology report was completed.
Painter gained popularity in 2006, when he started to appear on the early seasons of the Discovery Channel series. The show followed the thrilling lives of fishermen in the Alaskan waters, specifically the dangerous side of the job that many people were unaware of. Painter came onto the show during season two as an expert crab fisherman. He was an engineer aboard the F/V Maverick, then later taking over as captain. Painter then acquired his own vessel, the F/V Tradition, and returned the Maverick to Capt. Rick Quashnick. He ultimately decided to leave the series several episodes into season three.
The show is currently in its 14th season and has won 15 Emmys thus far.