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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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Alex    

RIP Captain Phil

1630 days ago
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kim    

You were my favorite of all and will always be!!! So sad to see you are gone...Im sure your sons will carry on your legacy! YOU ROCK always Phil!!!! a forever fan! Kimmy

1630 days ago
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TheTruthBeTold    

Loved that guy. Dont smoke!!!

1630 days ago
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imcuce    

Shows where smoking cigs your whole life will get ya. Another smoker taken off the earth. Hey folks, check those unhealthy habits.

1630 days ago
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Shannon    

Rest in Peace Phil. Jake, Josh and family - you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

1630 days ago
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Uncle Beau    

Sad, Sad Day! But this man did what ALL fathers should do... He worked hard and taught his sons a trade that may support their families in the future! Despite all the inuendo.. He worked hard all of his life and was succesful and loved his children and his last days were spent doing what he loved most! May we all be as fortunate! God Speed Captain Phil and may the wind always be at your back and may the bounty of your labors in this life continue to be plentiful to those that you have chosen to bestow them upon!

1630 days ago
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Ian Kemp    

More proof that god doesn't exist...Captain Phil dies while Rush Limbaugh lives...

1630 days ago
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Ronald McDouchebag    

RIP Phil, you were one of my favorite skippers, one of the reasons why I tuned in every week. Loved the bond you had with your kids. My prayers go out to Phils family.

1630 days ago
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ToXiC_TeArS    

OMG!!! That is so awful!!! We were happy to hear he was doing well. We are huge Deadliest Catch Fans, and Phil was one our favorites. We are so sad to hear he passed tonight, and hearts go out to fishing family, as well as his two boys who we hope will honor his Dad by bring home the Big Catches.


RIP PHIL
Casa Grande, Az Fan

1630 days ago
100.

dorothy    

I LOVED PHIL I AM SO SORRY I FEEL SO BAD

1630 days ago
101.

Robert    

That sucks!! He will be missed! RIP :(

1630 days ago
102.

frank    

karma

1630 days ago
103.

frank    

good riddance. what an awful person.

1630 days ago
104.

WillOTheWisp    



Just when you start to feel like they're family...and....Puff...they're GONE!
RIP Captain Phil Harris!
May the Lord wrap His arms around the Harris family.

1630 days ago
105.

you just don't get it    

Give it up frank.

1630 days ago
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