Mahlon Reyes, a deckhand on the Discovery Channel reality show, Deadliest Catch died in July. Officials are now ruling the 38 year old’s cause of death as a cocaine overdose.

Over the summer, Heather Sullivan, wife of Reyes, announced on a memorial Facebook page that her husband had a heart attack on July 26. He was transferred to the intensive care unit in a hospital in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana.

“Mahlon never woke up there was too much time without oxygen, causing irreversible brain damage,” Sullivan wrote at the time. “On Sunday night out family together made the hardest choice we’ve ever made and that was to remove him from life support. Mahlon’s body was tired and had put up an amazing fight. He was the strongest guy we ever knew.”

Reyes died on July 27, shortly after midnight.

Wednesday night, Flathead County Sheriff and Coroner Brian Heino revealed that Reyes’ died from an accidental “acute cocaine intoxication.”

Reyes first appeared on Deadliest Catch in 2012. A close friend of Reyes, another member of the show, Nick McGlashan died five months after Reyes.

“Together again flying high,” Sullivan said after McGlashan’s death. “Today bot left such a mark on this world…They are raisin hell in heaven…rest in paradise my boys.”


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