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

There's some sad news for Deadliest Catch fans.

Blake Painter, a former crab fisherman on Deadliest Catch, was found dead in his home last week, according to authorities in Clatsop County, Ore., who are awaiting toxicology reports before declaring the cause of death.

Police are also testing several substances found at the scene of Painter's death that will be tested for narcotics.

A friend of his had called the police, having become anxious because he had not had contact with Painter for days on end.

The local sheriff's office said no foul play was suspected.

His hometown newspaper The Daily Astorian reported that a man of his name and age was arrested this January after a police officer allegedly caught sight of him smoking heroin at the wheel.

He starred on Season 2 of the Discovery show and returned for several episodes of Season 3. In 2010, Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie, died of a stroke while in port at St Paul Island.

Our thoughts are with Blake Painter's family, and the rest of the cast of Deadliest Catch, during what is undoubtedly a hard time.

  • Jacqueline Ellis