Captain Phil Harris of the Discovery Channel’s showÂ “Deadliest Catch” has died at the age of 53.
Harris recently suffered a stroke while unloading crabs.Â HeÂ died in a hospital in Alaska on Tuesday night, according to TMZ.
Harris was the captain of the Cornelia Marie for 18 years. His sons, Jake and Josh Harris, served as deckhands on his crab boat, which was featured on the Discovery Channel’s reality show, “Deadliest Catch.”
Jake and Josh Harris released the following statement regarding their father’s death:
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad – Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down. We will remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
The Discovery Channel released the following statement regarding Harris’ death:
Discovery mourns the loss of dear friend and colleague Captain Phil Harris. He was more than someone on our television screen. Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart. We share our tremendous sadness over this loss with the millions of viewers who followed Phil’s every move. We send our thoughts and prayers to Phil’s sons Josh and Jake and the Cornelia Marie crew.
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