TMZ first reported Saturday that a deckhand who appeared on Discovery’s Deadliest Catch has died at age 38.
The reality star’s wife confirmed that Mahlon Reyes, a father of four, died late last month due to a heart attack.
According to Fox News, Reyes had appeared on 14 episodes of Deadliest Catch. The Sun reports that the show, which first began airing in 2005, “follows fishermen aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and snow crab fishing season.” Reyes last appeared on the program in 2015, according to The Sun.
A tragedy in Montana
Reyes was rushed to a hospital in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana following his heart attack on July 25. According to TMZ, he never regained consciousness.
His family opted to take Reyes off life support on Sunday, July 26, TMZ reported. Reyes’ wife told TMZ that the fisherman was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
According to Fox, Reyes was cremated, and “[s]ome of the reality star’s ashes, his wife said, will be spread in the Bering Sea by his ‘Deadliest Catch’ co-stars.”
The 38-year-old was not known to be suffering from any pre-existing health conditions, TMZ noted. The star’s official cause of death will be announced by the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office after an autopsy, according to The Sun.
“We lost a good friend”
Sadly, Reyes isn’t the first loss for fans of Deadliest Catch. In 2010, captain of the Cornelia Marie, Phil Harris, suffered a stroke and collapsed while film crew members were present, The New York Times reported.
The 53-year-old fisherman was later taken to a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, where he underwent surgery, according to the Times. He died just a week later.
Speaking on how the show handled Harris’ hospitalization, Deadliest Catch executive producer Thom Beers told Zap2It in 2010 that it was complicated.
“We want to remember Phil as who he was,” Beers reportedly said. “We want to remember all the dynamic. But at the same time, [Harris] was insistent, when we were doing this, saying, ‘Dude, you’ve got to. We’ve got to have an end to the story. You want to film this, film this.’
“We’re just trying to support his wishes, but at the same time, we’re losing a good friend,” Beers concluded. “We lost a good friend.”