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'Deadliest Catch' Crew Spreads Captain Phil Harris's Ashes at Sea (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 13th 2011 8:10AM
Before the start of the new fishing season on 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on DSC), there's an important ceremony to attend: a burial service for Captain Phil Harris, who died of a stroke last season.

His son Josh says Phil wanted his ashes spread at sea: "The tides will carry him wherever he wanted to go."

On the season 7 premiere, all the boats gather in a circle. After his ashes are launched from the Cornelia Marie, crew members fire pistols and set off fireworks in his honor.

"Safe journey, man."

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Is 'Deadliest Catch' Cursed?

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 24th 2011 4:30PM
deadliest catch deathThe news of 'Deadliest Catch' star's Justin Tennison's death marked a year of tragedy and hard times for the documentary show's cast.

Since early 2010, the Alaskan king crab fishing series has been plagued by two deaths, individual charges of reckless driving, robbery and drug dealing as well as a lawsuit from Discovery Channel, leading many to wonder if 'Deadliest Catch' is cursed.

Here, we chronicle the cast's hardships and hope for the best in the future.

Late January 2010: Capt. Phil Harris, 53, suffers a stroke aboard the Cornelia Marie.

February 2010: After a near-recovery in the hospital, Harris dies Feb. 9. 'Deadliest Catch' producer Thom Beers tells EW that Capt. Phil asked cameraman to keep rolling while he was on his deathbed in order to get "a great finish" to the show.

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'Deadliest Catch' Producer Opens Up About Deaths and Next Season

by Ryan McKee, posted Jul 28th 2010 11:45AM
By all accounts, the sixth season of the Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch,' which follows the dangerous adventures of a group of crab fishermen in Alaska, was its most dramatic -- and most-watched -- season yet, in large part due to the sudden death of breakout star Capt. Phil Harris. Thom Beers, the show's executive producer, channeled the late Harris when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the grave reality of the stars' chosen profession.

"Every year five or six guys die. That's the reality. This wasn't the only heavy year. Every year is heavy," he said.

The beloved Harris died earlier this year of a massive stroke. 'Deadliest Catch' filmed his final days, giving the series more mortality than it had achieved in previous seasons.

"We carry [Harris'] loss with us, but we still have to go back to work," Beers said. Harris would no doubt agree with the comment.

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A Tribute to Captain Phil on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 21st 2010 3:15AM
A Tribute to Captain Phil on 'Deadliest Catch'Captain Phil Harris is gone, but he's not forgotten. 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 10PM ET on Discovery) aired a special one-hour tribute to the fallen captain, where he was remembered by his family and friends. Phil Harris died on February 9, 2010, after suffering a stroke. Now, the people who knew him best take some time to commemorate his life.

In flashbacks, we see Phil sailing the high seas, guiding his ship in search of Alaskan king crab. He describes his job as being exhausting, stressful, and "stinky." " ... And the funny part about it is," he adds, "I wouldn't trade it for the world."

Phil also expressed happiness at getting to work with his kids; which is a rare opportunity for many people. "How many people get to do this?" he said.

His fellow captains also discussed Phil's life and death. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand said that when Phil was in the hospital, the seas were rough and stormy. "[But] when Phil died," he added, "it was flat calm for like ten days out there. And all was at peace, y'know."

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'Deadliest Catch' Cast Remembers Phil Harris (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jul 14th 2010 11:47AM
Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie fishing boat, is remembered by fellow captains and his sons on 'After the Catch' (Tue, 10PM ET on DSC). Harris suffered a massive stroke on Jan. 29 and died 11 days later in an Anchorage hospital.

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The End of Captain Phil Harris on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 14th 2010 12:05AM
The End of Captain Phil Harris on 'Deadliest Catch'We all knew that it was coming to this. But it remains a bit shocking, nonetheless. Captain Phil Harris passed away on February 9, 2010. But 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery), the reality show which chronicled his exploits, has taken some time to cover his final days. This is due, of course, to the natural lag in time between real life and television production. And for the record, Captain Phil himself requested that the cameras keep on rolling -- even when he was lying in his hospital bed.

On this episode, Phil says farewell to his sons Josh and Jake Harris. Or rather -- they say goodbye to him.

While lying on his deathbed, Captain Phil apologizes to son Josh for not being a better dad. Josh simply replies that Phil could not have been a better dad, and tells his father that he loves him. Although Josh does not want to cry around his father, he eventually breaks down into tears.

Meanwhile, Phil's other son Jake has checked himself into a drug treatment center, in order to get help for substance abuse. So he is away when his father dies, and Josh has to call him with the news. "I don't know how to tell you this, Jake," he says. " ... We lost dad."

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Getting News of Phil Harris' Stroke on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 30th 2010 12:40AM
Getting News of Phil Harris' Stroke on 'Deadliest Catch'Sometimes, when you're at sea, you must feel very alone. Cut off from the land, far from your loved ones on the shore -- cut off from everything that you know. But maybe, you're not as alone as you think.

'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery) chronicles the lives of crab fishermen. But this season, the show has taken a tragic turn. Partway through the season, Captain Phil Harris suffered an unexpected stroke. However, since real-life time moves faster than television time, we already know that Captain Phil sadly passed away this past February.

Back on the series, no one knows that yet. And the current episode chronicles the moment when Harris suffered his stroke. His distraught son Josh calls the other fishing captains with the news. They're separated by miles and miles of water. And yet, as the information travels from boat to boat, it's clear that Josh and his family aren't so alone, as they receive messages of condolence from the rest of the fleet. Captain Keith Colburn offers up a prayer for Harris. While choking up with tears, he says this, addressing his voice towards heaven: "Cut him some slack, big guy; cut him some slack."

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Death on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 23rd 2010 2:05AM

Death on 'Deadliest Catch'Reality TV has existed in America for several decades now. But there comes a time when we have to ask -- what is appropriate for television and what isn't?

The latest episode of 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery) follows the death of Captain Phil Harris. He suffers a stroke on the show, which leads to his death a little more than a week later. The camera watches the panicked reactions of his son and the ship's crew members, as they attempt to revive him. Eventually, Phil has to be lifted off the boat in a stretcher, in order to be taken to the hospital.

We have to ask -- is this even something that should be shown on TV? Is this necessary? It all seems to be in very bad taste.

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Discovery Channel to Honor Captain Phil Harris

by Rich Keller, posted Jun 16th 2010 1:40PM
Discovery Chennel will honor Captain Phil Harris of 'Deadliest Catch' with a series of specialsFour months after the untimely death of 'Deadliest Catch' star Captain Phil Harris, Discovery Channel has announced a series of specials that will honor the fishing boat commander.

According to Hollywood Insider, the June 22 episode of 'Deadliest Catch,' titled 'Blown Off Course,' will be the first to address Harris' death. That will be followed by a tribute to the captain on the July 13 installment of 'After the Catch.'

One week later, Discovery Channel will premiere 'Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered,' featuring one-on-one interviews with Harris' sons, Josh and Jake, as well as the other fishing boat captains from the show.

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A Thief in the Family on 'Deadliest Catch' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 16th 2010 2:15AM
A Thief in the Family on 'Deadliest Catch'There are rough seas ahead. We're on board the good ship Cornelia Marie, but things aren't going so well on 'Deadliest Catch' (Tue., 9PM ET on Discovery).

[Spoiler alert.]

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TV Special in the Works for 'Deadliest Catch' Captain Phil Harris

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 11th 2010 1:45PM
The Captain is gone -- but he won't be forgotten.

Capt. Phil Harris, the tough-as-nails fishing boat captain of Cornelia Marie on the series 'Deadliest Catch,' will be the subject of an upcoming Discover Channel special, according to Variety.

Harris, 53, suffered a massive stroke Jan. 29 while in port off-loading at St. Paul Island, Alaska and died Tuesday.

According to the report, no official deal has been made; however, both the channel and executive producer Thom Beers have confirmed that a special is likely, at the very least.

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Phil Harris, the Captain from 'Deadliest Catch,' Passes Away

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 10th 2010 11:02AM
phil_harris_deadliest_catchThere's nothing more shocking than real reality. Death is real. Steve Irwin dying on the job, for instance, was a huge shock. Here's another dose of harsh reality. The star of Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch,' Phil Harris, has died from a stroke. He had been at work on January 29, loading a catch like usual, when he suffered the stroke. After being flown to Anchorage for treatment, he succumbed despite having shown some improvement.

In a statement on the Discovery Channel web site, his grown children, Jake and Josh, explained, "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."

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Phil Harris of 'Deadliest Catch' Dies

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 9th 2010 11:45PM
Phil Harris'Deadliest Catch' captain Phil Harris died Tuesday about a week after suffering a stroke on Alaska's St. Paul Island.

The news was announced in a statement released by Harris' sons, Jake and Josh, according to the Live Feed.

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris," it said. "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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Real stories behind Deadliest Catch

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 11th 2008 8:24AM
Deadliest Catch On Tuesday , June 17th at 10 p.m. an all new season of After the Catch will premiere. This five-part series, airing each week after Deadliest Catch, will look deeper into the most dangerous jobs and people who do them. One of these behind-the-scenes looks will feature Captain Phil Harris and Gloucester's legendary fishermen. The captain will sit down with Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs for an interview. Rowe will also talk to the crew, author Spike Walker and Dutch Harbor bartender Lisa Roberts for the inside scoop on what life is really like in the port town.

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Nine reasons why I love Deadliest Catch

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 17th 2008 11:39AM
deadliest catchDeadliest Catch returned with new episodes Tuesday night on Discovery. This is easily one of my favorite shows on television. I could watch a Deadliest Catch marathon every weekend, it's that good.

Here are nine reasons why I love this show:

1. Mike Rowe. Yes, the Dirty Jobs guy. He's also the voice of Deadliest Catch and there is no one better suited for the job. He may be a goofball on his own show, but he brings out his deep and foreboding voice to follow the fishermen on Catch.

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