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Phil Harris, captain on Discovery Channel show, dies

Phil Harris, captain of the "Deadliest Catch" fishing vessel Cornelia Marie, has died, a spokeswoman for the Discovery Channel said Tuesday.

Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke Jan. 29 while the boat was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery. A Discovery spokesman said the Harris family contacted the network Tuesday evening with word of his death.

Few details were released. The Discovery Channel's Elizabeth Hillman issued a statement on behalf of Harris' sons, Jake and Josh, saying their father had "always been a fighter and continued to be until the end."

The show depicts the crab fishing industry off Alaska. Harris'  vessel was based in Seattle.

-- Associated Press

 
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How sad. Because of the very personal nature of "Deadliest Catch" it felt like we knew Phil on personal level. From the show, we got to know Phil, warts and all. Phil lived hard and was self destructive, but he was also hard working man, good Dad and he had a heart of pure gold.

Godspeed Phil, may you rest in peace.

I wish peace to the Harris Familiy - I have become a fan of the show deadlist catch and have always felt that Phil Harris played a very key role and was always for "REAL" to his personality and a important role in both his son's lives (Josh and John) - So I wish them Peace with the understanding that Phil Harris is not gone as long as he is in our momories.
Jim
Costa Mesa CA

it is a sad day to hear about capt. phil harris' death it's a shock.my heart and prayers go out to josh and jake and the rest of the harris family. you brought alot of joy, excitement and laughter to our family every tuesday night i wish i could say more but i am at a loss of words. may god bless mr. phil harris and his family.


louisville,ky

...A wasted life. Farewell Phil...

Dead at 53...He proved his work-ethic, his toughness, his relentlessness, his dependability, his devotion to his family.

But aside from making the rest of us feel impressed, what kind of life was it? some sacrifice is great, rewarding, character builiding, etc... but when it's 95% sacrifice, what's the point really?

Crabbing essentially is something to do for a few years; save your money and get the hell out of it before your life is drained out. The hard-core crabbers that i've known who are happy, got out within 5 yrs. between maintaining the boat in the pre-season, to the entire fishing season, and being absent...your entire life is on hold and/or occupied.

Make no mistake; this is blood-money...your life traded in for cash - not something to pretend is a "life"...but a sacrifice towards larger, more impactful goals.

I never met Phil personally, but based on a few people I know that were close to him, he was a good man IN his element...throw something from outside towards him or examine his character based on those who had their revelries with him, and you might think otherwise.


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