Blake Painter, 'Deadliest Catch' skipper, found dead in home

Deadliest Catch’ captain Blake Painter found dead at 38

Deadliest Catch Captain Blake Painter has died at the age of 38, with police reportedly investigating the death.

His body was found Friday after a friend called the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office after not hearing from him for days. They also found prescription pills, but it's unclear if they were a factor.

Law enforcement in the area has released a statement saying that they don't suspect foul play at this time, but they aren't ruling out the possibility of suicide.

Painter was the captain of the F/V Maverick on the hit Discovery Channel show, and appeared in season 3 for several episodes before deciding to quit.


"We just have to wait a few weeks for the toxicology report", Bergin told USA Today. Police determined Painter had been dead for several days.

The local newspaper, The Daily Astorian, reported in January that Painter was arrested by Astoria police after an officer allegedly saw Painter smoking heroin while driving.

"Deadliest Catch" explores the real-life high-sea adventures of Alaskan crab fishermen.

Deadliest Catch, a Discover Channel docu-series that began in 2005 and is still now running, follows fishers in the Bering Sea.

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