"Deadliest Catch" captain Blake Painter was found dead in his OR home Friday, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office confirmed. Police found prescription pills in the house, but it's not clear if they were a cause in his death, reports said.
Law enforcement in the area has released a statement saying that they don't suspect foul play at this time, but they aren't ruling out the possibility of suicide.
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A Daily Astorian article from 2016 reported that Painter was seriously injured after he crashed his pickup truck into a tree near Fort Clatsop.
The Discovery Channel is yet to comment on Painter's death.
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Crab pots launched in big seas aboard a crab boat on The Deadliest Catch in April 2009. He was captain of the F/V Maverick and was featured on multiple episodes before he voluntarily quit following season 3 in 2007.
Bergin said his county, located on the coast west of Portland near the Washington state border, is rich in natural resources, thus attracting reality-TV productions such as Deadliest Catch and Ax Men, which followed logging crews in the local forests.More news: Warriors book 4th consecutive NBA finals appearance with win over Rockets