Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

'Deadliest Catch' veteran, 38, found dead in his OR home

'Deadliest Catch' veteran, 38, found dead in his OR home

Blake Painter, who appeared on two seasons of "The Deadliest Catch", was found dead at his OR home, reports TMZ.

Painter was the captain of the F/V Maverick on seasons two and three of the popular Discovery Channel show. While prescription pills were also found, it's unclear if they were a factor in Painter's death. They do not suspect foul play, though his official cause of death will be determined following an autopsy and toxicology test.

The Daily Astorian reported in January that Painter had been arrested after a police officer said he spotted the second-generation crabber smoking heroin in his vehicle.

Bergin said Painter was familiar to local law enforcement, having "visited our facility a few times".

A Daily Astorian article from 2016 reported that Painter was seriously injured after he crashed his pickup truck into a tree near Fort Clatsop.

Discovery Channel has not yet released a statement.

Painter, an OR native, featured in the second and third seasons of Deadliest Catch, now in its 14th season. The reality star was only 38 years old. The expert crab fisherman appeared in "Deadliest Catch" from 2006 until 2007 for Seasons 2 and 3, when he reportedly quit.

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