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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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31.

Stoner    

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

Posted at 11:32 AM on Feb 23, 2011 by tgrfan42069"

Really? Name 5 cases. Can't? Okay, name 1 case. Can't? Didn't think so.

Being a self-righteous, misinformed, and ignorant person that spreads misinformation can induce heart abnormalities that cause cardiac arrest.

See how that works?

1156 days ago
32.

me    

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!!

Posted at 11:52 AM on Feb 23, 2011 by Uilani

I am very sorry for your loss, and have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

1156 days ago
33.

Ludacri$    

TMZ you guys are a damn joke. Bud and Beer, please.

**** off

1156 days ago
34.

Zelly    

Wow TMZ, Marijuana is NOT a drug!

1156 days ago
35.

Jason Fishman    

Drugs???? come on...that is not good news reporting

1156 days ago
36.

Wayniac917    

who ever said marijuana can lead to cardiac arrest is a ****ing moron. the worst it can do is cause anxiety attacks.

1156 days ago
37.

Sonja    

Sorry N.O. Lady both Corey and Brittany died from chronic long term drug abuse.. the fact that taking ridiculous amounts of narcotics for years can effect your organs is no big surprise.

1156 days ago
38.

MissAnn    

Alcohol and pot did not kill this man. No way.

1156 days ago
39.

Jake the Snake    

WOW really what else could it have been duh

1156 days ago
40.

Subtle Pen    

great post:

http://subtlepen.com/2011/02/23/justin-tennison-deadliest-catch-deckhand-found-dead-in-alaska-hotel-room/

http://subtlepen.com/2011/02/23/justin-tennison-deadliest-catch-deckhand-found-dead-in-alaska-hotel-room/

1156 days ago
41.

Me    

DRUGS POT & Alcohol does not = DRUGS
if alcohol is legal in all states ? Tobacco products are also legal. WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE FOR POT ?

1156 days ago
42.

radicalred    

Legalize marijuana. That's all I'm saying about that.

At this point no one knows what killed Justin; maybe he had a congenital heart defect that was undiagnosed. It wouldn't be the first time that something like that happened. It's tragic and horrible for the family when death comes suddenly to a young person.

Have some class, people.

1156 days ago
43.

Mary Jane    

Police found drugs in the room? and incinuating that booze and drugs could have contributed to his death? When has pot ever caused death? Now really what type of drugs were found?

1156 days ago
44.

fifi    

Um, marijuana doesn't kill people. You make is sound like he had heroin or something.

1156 days ago
45.

Davey Boy    

Crack and cigarettes kill. Do you think he'll be buried at sea?

1155 days ago
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