‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Phil Harris Dies at 53

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Phil Harris, Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” reality star and captain of Cornelia Marie crab-fishing vessel died Tuesday morning, February 9. He was 53.

According to reports, Capt. Harris suffered from a stroke on January 29 while his boat was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was later flown to Anchorage for surgery and even showed signs of improvement.

“Discovery mourns the loss of dear friend and colleague Captain Phil Harris,” a statement released by the network said. “He was more than someone on our television screen. 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. We share our tremendous sadness over this loss with the millions of viewers who followed Phil’s every move.”

Jake and Josh Harris,the captain’s sons, also issued a statement. “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad — Capt. Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down. We will remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.”

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