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Capt. Phil Harris of 'Deadliest Catch' has passed away


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"Deadliest Catch" star Captain Phil Harris passed away today. He suffered a stroke on January 29 while off-loading from the Cornelia Marie in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. Although his condition appeared to be improving last week, Harris lost the battle for his life on Tuesday.

Harris was the captain of the fishing vessel Cornelia Marie, and starred in five seasons of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch." He had been a crab fisherman for 32 years.

The Discovery Channel released this 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 Harris also released a 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.

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