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"Deadliest Catch" Capt. Phil Harris dies

Phil Harris, 53, the fishing boat captain on Discovery's Channel's "Deadliest Catch," died nearly two weeks after having a stroke, the network confirmed Tuesday night.

Harris was the captain of the Cornelia Marie on "Catch," which chronicles the adventures of crab fisherman off the coast of Alaska. According to the AP, Harris suffered a "massive stroke" while on his boat on Jan. 29, and was taken to Anchorage for surgery.

Discovery weighed in with the following statement:

"Discovery mourns the loss of dear friend and colleague Captain Phil Harris. He was more than someone on our television screen. Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart. We share our tremendous sadness over this loss with the millions of viewers who followed Phil's every move. We send our thoughts and prayers to Phil's sons Josh and Jake and the Cornelia Marie crew."

His sons, Jake and Josh, also released this statement:

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end," For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down. We will remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 10, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
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Alas, he learned only too late that the deadliest catch of all is massive stroke brought on by spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage...

Posted by: ozpunk | February 11, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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