Justin Tennison, who was a crew member of one of the fishing vessels that appears on Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” has been found dead in Alaska.
The 33-year-old’s body was found in a room at the Best Western Bidarka Inn in Homer on Tuesday and reported to police at 12:52 pm, according to Anchorage Daily News. Upon arrival they found him on a bed unresponsive.
“Responding officers and Homer Volunteer Fire Department medics found local Homer resident Justin K. Tennison deceased from unknown causes,” the police report, obtained by RadarOnline, reads.
“The Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office will be performing an autopsy in Anchorage.”
Although Tennison died of unknown causes, police have ruled out any foul play.
After searching the room, which was registered in Tennison’s name, police found around a quarter ounce of what they believed to be marijuana as well as several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator. Lt. Randy Rosencrans said: “There was information that there had been a party at an adjacent room.”
A spokeswoman for Original Productions, the production company that films the show, emailed the Daily News 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 captain Andy Hillstrand posted on his Facebook page that Tennison had served as an engineer aboard the fishing boat during the off-seasons and just joined the crew as a deckhand a few months ago for the crab season.
Hillstrand wrote that Tennison was “tough as a bull” and “was an all-around good hand”, adding: “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 fished commercially for many years and had lived in Alaska for 28 years. He worked on the Time Bandit alongside his second cousin, Eddie Uwekoolani, Jr. He is survived by a son, daughter, sister, father and grandparents. According to court records, Tennison would have turned 34 next month.
Other celebrities who died young include John Belushi, Brad Renfro, Chris Farley and John Candy.
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