Anyone who has viewed just one scene from the hit TV show, Deadliest Catch, knows the work is dangerous. But what’s surprising is that Blake Painter, a former captain on the show, didn’t lose his life fishing. Learn all there is to know about Painter’s unexpected death, ahead.
He fished his entire life
Blake Painter spent practically his entire life fishing, according to a fan site for the show. Painter started fishing at the age of three. He began skippering at 19 years old and bought his own boat — it’s not made of gold like another famous boat — in February 2008.
Hint: Painter appeared early on in the show.
Appeared in early episodes of Deadliest Catch
Painter appeared in early episodes of Deadliest Catch, according to USA Today. The show’s now in its 14th season and has won 16 Emmys. Painter appeared in seasons two and three. He worked as an engineer and eventually worked his way up.
Hint: Painter appeared in episodes in the early 2000s.
He became a skipper
Painter eventually became the skipper of the F/V Maverick crab boat and held the position for six years. His time as skipper aired on the show in 2006, according to Deadline. Painter, a second-generation fisherman, fished 11 months out of the year.
Hint: Others on the show have died.
Other cast members have died
A number of people have died who either appeared on the show or worked behind the scenes. A captain, Tony Lara, had a heart attack in his sleep and died at the age of 50 in 2015, according to CBS. And Phil Harris, a skipper, died of a stroke in 2010. Deckhand, Justin Tennison, died in 2011 because of sleep apnea complications, according to People. And a former producer on the show was shot and killed in California.
Hint: Painter’s friend didn’t hear from him.
His friend couldn’t locate Painter
After being unable to reach Painter, a friend of his became worried. The friend contacted law enforcement who went to Painter’s home and discovered his body. “He was located on Friday but probably passed away a day or two ahead of that,” Tom Bergin, Clatsop County Sheriff, told Deadline.
Hint: Police know this about Painter’s death.
Was he murdered?
“There was no evidence of foul play,” Bergin said. Authorities believe Painter’s death wasn’t a result of homicide. But an event in Painter’s recent past may hold a clue about the manner of his death. Learn more on the next page.
Hint: Painter had experience with drugs.
Painter arrested for heroin
In Astoria, Oregon, Painter, seen smoking heroin in his car by a police officer, was “charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of heroin, tampering with physical evidence, and reckless driving,” according to The Daily Astorian. Allegedly, an officer saw Painter smoking heroin while driving, which he then hid in his car in early January 2018.
Hint: Reports will provide more information about Painter’s death.
No cause of death yet
Authorities don’t know the way in which Painter died but tests will be conducted to hopefully provide answers. A cause of death will not be released until a toxicology report has been completed, Bergin told The Associated Press.
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