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'Deadliest Catch' crewman found dead as tragedy again strikes Discovery Channel hit

Justin Tennison (2)
Justin Tennison, a 34-year-old crew member on a vessel featured on Discovery Channel's hit "The Deadliest Catch," was found dead Tuesday in an Alaska hotel room. 

Tennison worked as an engineer on the Time Bandit, a fishing vessel led by Andy Hillstrand and his brother Johnathan.

A Reuters report said that Tennison died of unknown causes. Gossip site TMZ reported police found drugs in his room, although an autopsy has not yet determined the cause of death.

Andy Hillstrand's Facebook page offered a tribute: "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."  Justintennison

In a statement, the network said: "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." 

Tennison's death is the second tragedy to afflict "Deadliest Catch" in as many years. Last year, Capt. Phil Harris died after a stroke, which led to a highly rated episode of the series.

-- Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)

Photos: (top) The Time Bandit crew, with Tennison second from right. Credit: Discovery Networks. (Bottom) An undated photo of Tennison. Credit: Andy Hillstrand

 

 
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SO SAD I LOVE THAT SHOW AND HIM HE WILL BE MISSED MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY :{

Our sympathies go out to his family and friends. Our family will always treasure the show, and all of the cast. From our family to yours, please take care of yourself during this difficult time.

Look, I don't mean to be crass, but the show isn't cursed, it's the reality of the job. There's a reason that the show is called "The Deadliest Catch." These men know the type of danger they're getting into when they sign up for the job. It's sad, but it's not unexpected, is it?

shoulda hung out with Charlie Sheen at his Casa de Rehab

I'm beginning to think these guys are safer working on the boat in treacherous conditions, than they are on shore-leave.

SO VERY SAD IM SURE HE WAS A GOOD MAN I REALLY ENJOY WATCHING THE SHOW AND I WILL MISS HIM AS WELL MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND ALL THOSE ON THE SHOW. R.I.P. JUSTIN

Sad to hear that. Always enjoy watching the show.


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