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'Deadliest Catch' Captain Phil Harris dies at 53

Captain Phil Harris, one of the burly fishermen whose Alaskan crab-catching exploits were featured in the television reality show "Deadliest Catch," has died at 53.

His boat, the Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul, Alaska when he suffered a stroke on Jan. 29. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery, and a week later, a post on his ship's Web site [which appears to be down right now] said he was improving.

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad," said a statement on Capt. Harris's Web site by his sons, Jake and Josh Harris. "Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end."

"Deadliest Catch," which follows the adventures of crab fishermen in the stormy Bering Sea, has been one of the Discovery Channel's most popular shows.

Here's a television interview with Phil Harris, talking about a near-death experience:


By Emma Brown  |  February 10, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
 
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