Popular Discovery Channel reality show ‘Deadliest Catch’ star Justin Tennison was found dead in a room at Homer’s Best Western Bidarka Inn on Tuesday, a year after the tattooed and gruff cast-mate captainCaptain Phil Harris of the ‘Deadliest Catch’ fishing vessel Cornelia Marie passed away in February 2010 from a stroke suffered while his crew offloaded crab at St. Paul Island, Alaska.. The body of the 33-year-old engineer/deckhand on the Time Bandit boat was discovered by a hotel cleaning staff on Tuesday. Police and paramedics were called to the hotel after Tennison’s body was found
A search of the hotel room, registered to Tennison, turned up a small amount of marijuana, as well as several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator. Cops believe there had been a party in the room the night before — two rooms were registered under Tennison’s name and nearby guests complained about the noise.
Tennison died of unknown causes and his body was flown to Anchorage, Alaska, for an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Time Bandit is one of the vessels on the popular Discovery Channel reality series that depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska.
Discovery Channel released this statement: “Discovery Channel is saddened by the passing of Time Bandit crew member Justin Tennison. We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time.”
Time Bandit Capt. Andy Hillstrand wrote on Facebook:
Justin fished commercially for many years, living in Alaska for 28 years. He worked on the Time Bandit, alongside his second cousin, Eddie Uwekoolani, Jr., serving as Engineer during the tendering seasons, and joined the Time Bandit crew as a deckhand fishing the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons.
Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand. The Captains and Crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time.
Tennison is survived by a son, daughter, sister, father and grandparents.
The 33-year-old Tennison is set to make a posthumous debut in the series’ seventh season, which is scheduled to begin in April, Discovery spokesman Josh Weinberg said.
RIP, Justin Tennison!