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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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Leslie D. Beers    

.....We are saddened for Phil, His sons, His crew, His family.....
Our prayers goes out to Him and to all of the folks that love him.....He will be missed....

1719 days ago
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da40flyer    

You've earned your rest Captain.

1719 days ago
63.

Bren    

I never did watch the show, but I am saddened just the same. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. RIP

1719 days ago
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South Side Chuy    

This sucks. I watched the show for a few seasons and kind of felt like i knew the guy. Now that he has passed on I feel as if I lost someone I know. R.I.P Phil your legacy will live on with those who love you.

1719 days ago
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steveo76    

R.I.P Phil. My heart and prayers go out to his family and the crew of the Cornelia Marie.

1719 days ago
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prisonQueen    

Very sad. Appeared to be a nice guy with good family. Chain smoking cigs and pounding redbull on little or no sleep for days-weeks at a time will take its toll. The bering sea takes another I guess in a round about way. Hope Discovery chan honors him proper.

1719 days ago
67.

mike    

and reality tv kills another person !!!!! why couldnt it have been Paul Sr. from American Chopper??

1719 days ago
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zippy    

adios capt phil, you were a fun guy to watch,my condolences toyour family,this is sad really sad, he did smoke to much, but other than that, he wil be missed

1719 days ago
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Regee    

You usually are so honest, but not this time: Josh & Jake didnt tell you that statement that you say: Its on the front page of the Discovery channel web site.

Please lets not lie at a time like this....

I'm sureit was an honest mistake.

1719 days ago
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maybesomeday    

Rest in Peace Captain Phil.

1719 days ago
71.

eric    

Godspeed, Captain. This came to mind, sharing it with everyone.

` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
Eternal Father strong to save
Whose arm has bound the restless wave
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
It's own appointed limits keep
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in Peril on the sea

Oh Christ whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word
Who walkest on the foamy deep
And how amidst the storm did sleep
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in Peril on the sea

[alternate lyrics]
Eternal Father strong to save
Whose arm has bound the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
It's own appointed limits keep,
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in Peril on the sea.

Oh Christ, the Lord of hill and plain,
O'er which our traffic runs amain.
By mountain pass or valley low,
Wherever, Lord our brethren go,
Protect them by Thy guarding hand
From every peril on the land

O Spirit, whom the Father sent
To spread abroad the firmament.
Oh wind of heaven, by Thy might
Save all who dare the eagle's flight.
And keep them by thy watchful care
From every peril in the air

O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger's hour.
From rock and tempest, fire, and foe
Protect them wheresoe'er they go.
That evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad praise from air and land and sea

1719 days ago
72.

Jaybp    

May his soul Rest In Peace...My deepest sympathies to his Family & Crew..

1719 days ago
73.

mamajj    

RIP Captain Phil. You will be missed. :(

1719 days ago
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Michelle Holthaus    

This is shocking news I pray for Capt Harris's family and his mates. RIP Capt. Phil you will be missed! :-(

1719 days ago
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FallenRawToast    

He will be missed. Deadliest catch is my guilty pleasure, and Phil was a big part of what kept me coming back.

My heart goes out to the Harris Boys, be strong lads.

1719 days ago
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