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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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Brett G    

that last line is not right. read it again ass holes

1275 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

for those saying pot cant kill.yes it can.pot can induce heart abnormalities that cause cardiac arrest.

1275 days ago
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J    

When i read the headline I was expecting a lethal drug not marijuana.

1275 days ago
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PT    

Jeez - you guys certainly have a flair for the dramatic. Sells your website I suppose. For now.

1275 days ago
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me    

RE: 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!!
Posted at 10:53 AM on Feb 23, 2011 by Steelers suck

I agree completely. This is very sad and tragic, and to have a small amount of pot proclaimed as "booze and drugs" found makes it sound much worse and assumes judgment against this man who was just found deceased at much too early an age. Shame on you Harvey.

1275 days ago
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jenjenboben    

Really disappointed in this kind of sensationalistic reporting. No one has EVER died from smoking weed. Give your heads a shake.

1275 days ago
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AynRandy    

wow, how shocking

1275 days ago
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Uilani    

Justin just died yesterday. and whoever posted "may he rest in piss" can do the same when your day comes. its not a black and white thing, its a family thing!! and yes, he was white, but he was my cousin and i'm Hawaiian. the family is taking it hard and so are the crew members. AND YES, WE ALL KNOW THAT WEED DOESN'T KILL ANYONE!!

1275 days ago
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Brian    

What do they do for a weed OD?? lets see go to the hospital.. He overdosed on Weed give him Doritos, and oreos and send him home...

1275 days ago
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missed    

Wow. Its so awesome that you people are flooding a page about a person dying with your personal agendas and insecurities about whether or not you smoke weed or are black.

Are you sociopaths?

Justin was a great guy. I knew him. Sweet as hell. Loved the **** out of his kids, and **** you all.

1275 days ago
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karlew    

LOL Drugs and alcohol. A small amount of marijuana and some booze in the fridge. That's right and the boogeyman came jumping out from under the bed. Idiots!!!

1275 days ago
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Polly    

Sad to hear, and disappointing the assumptions people make. I guess it's easy to do when you know everything.

1275 days ago
28.

Stoner    

This is the worst written piece of "news" I have ever read. Really, you think marijuana could of played a part in his death? Who ever wrote this and whoever approved this article for release should never be allowed to "report" again, unless it is for Weekly World News.

Bat Boy has more credibility than you do now.

1275 days ago
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all about the money    

Wow dude...this just might be that first fabled OD on Marijuana case in the world! Really...bottles of alcohol in the fridge...what he have a case of Jack Daniels in there or more likely beer. Like others said...has to be more to it than just weed and beer. Maybe some pills popped at the party or something along those lines.

1275 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Reading comprehension isn't the strong suit of your average TMZ viewer. It said they FOUND booze and weed at the scene, that's it. The law still recognizes weed as an illegal drug, so it was reported as such. I smoke daily, but the rest of you potheads are giving us a bad rep. "But you can't overdose on weed!", no **** idiot, no one said he did.

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