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'Deadliest Catch' Crew Member

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Drugs Found

2/23/2011 3:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Deadliest Catch" crew member Justin Tennison of the F/V Time Bandit was found dead in a hotel yesterday ... and TMZ has learned cops discovered drugs and alcohol in the room.

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Law enforcement officials in Homer, AK tell us they got a call at 12:52 PM yesterday reporting a deceased male at the Best Western Bidarka Inn.  Upon arrival they found 33-year-old Tennison lying on a bed unresponsive.

We're told a search of the room -- which was registered to Justin -- turned up a small amount of marijuana, as well as several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator.  Cops tell us they believe there had been a party in the room the night before.

It's unknown if the booze and drugs played a role in Justin's death -- his body was transported to the State Medical Examiner ... and an autopsy is scheduled for later today.

Time Bandit captain Andy Hillstrand posted on his Facebook page that Justin had served as an engineer aboard the fishing boat during the offseasons -- and just joined the crew as a deckhand a few months ago for the crab season. 

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Steelers suck    

Really TMZ??!!! You made it sound like hard core drugs. Harvey, you of all people should know you can't overdose on weed!!! This is one time I have to admit, you pull out everything to make some of this crap look bad!!

1316 days ago
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john5oregon    

Hmmm. Booze and pot. There's certainly something more to this.

1316 days ago
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beachgal    

OMG how sad.. but you can't overdose on pot unless it's laced with something.

1316 days ago
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Sonja    

'small amount of marijuana' does not equal an OD .. unless he took some other drugs. My guess would be pills since coke and heroin traces/paraphernalia would have been found... it's more than likely alcohol poisoning.

1316 days ago
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djdeej94    

marijuana does NOT KILL... omg... its been around since time began and has been used for centuries - ignorance of todays world and governments is astounding.

Hardcore MANMADE drugs kill.
ALCOHOL MANMADE kills.
Marijuana - plant based - NEVER kills... lets write a true factual article shall we?

1316 days ago
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Bob    

It's that lethal combination of a bong hit + mini-bar vodka. Nice reporting TMZ. I think I saw your credibility sneaking out the back door - if you run now you might still be able to catch it.

1316 days ago
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Christine McCarthy    

No one has ever died from marijuana use > do your research. If drugs killed him it wasn't marijuana, it was something more powerful and dangerous such as cocaine, crystal meth, or heroin.

My thoughts and prayers go out to this mans family and friends who are suffering a terrible loss right now.

1316 days ago
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Kevin    

Old news he died On Feb. 11 2011

1316 days ago
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Kevin    

21st I mean

1316 days ago
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cindy    

He looks like Leif Garrett.

1316 days ago
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Don't Question Authority!!!    

You cant OD from marijuana. Trust me, I have tried many times. lol!!!

1316 days ago
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truth    

another Dead white Boy and you all talk so much s@#$T about the black athlete on here just plain stupid may he rest in piss!!!

1316 days ago
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en Todo Momento!!    

...sounds strange..........

1316 days ago
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en Todo Momento!!    

...where was dr. murray at the time??!!!...

1316 days ago
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Piddypop    

I like how some of you assumed that since the title had "Drugs found" TMZ was automatically assuming he died because of weed. Also, the article states, "It's unknown if the booze and drugs played a role in Justin's death" Maybe he had a reaction to it. He may of been allergic. You never know.

How about instead of criticizing TMZ and stating facts that everyone knows already, how about you think about Justin's family and how they are doing during this hard time. No family wants to see comments like this when a love one dies.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Tennison family. May you rest in peace Justin.

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