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"Deadliest Catch" Captain Phil Harris Dies

Fans of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch know Captain Phil Harris for his on-screen adventures. Everyone else might know Harris because of recent headlines regarding his stroke.

Just last week, TMZ was reporting that Harris was out of his medically induced coma, as well as talking (and swearing!). However, we just received some sad news from the Discovery Channel: Captain Phil Harris has passed away. He was 53.

Discovery first issued a message titled, "Sent on behalf of Jake and Josh Harris." The message then went on to say:

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.

Discovery Channel then followed up with:

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.

Harris has been in the fishing industry for over 32 years. For the past 18, he has been captain of the Cornelia Marie, where his two sons also serve as deckhands.

Posted by Rachel Cericola on February 9, 2010 11:03 PM
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