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'Deadliest Catch' Captain Dies

2/10/2010 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

'Deadliest Catch' Captain DiesCaptain Phil Harris -- star of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" -- died about an hour ago* ... sources tell TMZ.

Harris was hospitalized a few weeks ago after suffering a stroke while unloading crabs. He had been doing better until the sudden turn.

Captain Harris died in a hospital in Alaska. He was 53.

Harris' kids, Jake and Josh, tell TMZ, "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."

*This post originally went up last night at 11:45 PM ET


Captain Phil Harris

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whatev    

So sorry for your loss.
May the Lord give you stength.
RIP Capt

1528 days ago
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John    

RIP Capt Phil

1528 days ago
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Allan    

A true American. Tough as nails but when you get your calling you have to go. He will be missed. Prayers go out to the family

1528 days ago
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gapeach336    

This is shocking and sad. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. SO sad. It looked like he was going to make it =(

1528 days ago
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John    

I Bet the Send Off will be one hell of a party!

1528 days ago
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Liquid LQ    

Very sad... we love the show. All the best to his family.

1528 days ago
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Jon    

WTF I thought he was getting better,
Man that sucks

RIP

Prayers sent to friends and family..

1528 days ago
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marsha    

So sad! Prayers go out to the family!!!

1528 days ago
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mswings    

Great fan of the show and Capt Phil. He will be missed by all. Much love and prayers to Josh and Jake.

1528 days ago
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Kim    

Rest in peace, Captain Phil. You will be missed.

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barbara    

OMG so sad not surprised but very sad to hear.. Sorry for the boys he semed like a great dad

1528 days ago
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CriticAl    

DAMN. I thought he was going to pull through. :(

R.I.P. Phil

1528 days ago
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jay helms    

I know he was a great guy, because the entire crew not just his son's loved him very much. R.I.P. CAPTAIN PHIL

1528 days ago
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whitney    

Rest in Peace my friend, I send my condolences to his loved ones and I pray for both him and them. He was a really good guy. :)

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