Almost one year after Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia fishing boat on “Deadliest Catch,” died after suffering a stroke, the Discovery Channel show endured an another loss: crew member Justin Tennison was found dead Tuesday in an Alaska hotel room.He was only 33.
Tennison died of unknown causes, and an autopsy is to be performed Wednesday afternoon, said Lt. Randy Rosencrans, according to The Associated Press.
TMZ reports that law enforcement officials found marijuana and a bottle of alcohol in the room where Tennison’s body was found.
Time Bandit captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand paid tribute to Tennison on their site:
“It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member Justin Tennison,” they wrote, adding that he “died peacefully in his sleep.”
Tennison’s cousin, Eddie Uwekoolani Jr., has been a longtime fixture on the show, and after serving time as an engineer (a role that didn’t earn him any TV time), Tennison worked as a deckhand during the 2010 king and opilio crabbing seasons.
Tennison, who would have turned 34 next month, is survived by a son and daughter.