‘Deadliest Catch’ star Nick McGlashan dead at 33

Nick McGlashan: ‘Deadliest Catch’ star dies at 33

Nick McGlashan, who starred on the hit reality series “Deadliest Catch,” died in Nashville, Tennessee, the Davidson County Medical Examiner confirmed on Monday to CNN. He was 33.

No cause of death was released by the medical examiner’s office, the network reported.

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TMZ reported McGlashan’s death on Sunday.

McGlashan appeared on 75 episodes of the reality series from 2013 to 2020, Variety reported. He also appeared in several TV specials and the behind-the-scenes series “Deadliest Catch: The Bait,” according to the website.

“My brother Nick passed away,” McGlashan’s sister, Lydia, wrote Sunday on Twitter. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Please hold your loved ones tight.”

She also posted a photo of the two of them on Instagram.

Discovery, the network that produced the series, released a statement, writing that the company’s “deepest sympathy” goes out to McGlashan’s “loved ones during this difficult time.”

“Nick came from a long line of crabbers and was known for his great depth of knowledge,” the statement read. “He also had a sharp sense of humor even in the most difficult conditions. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.”

According to McGlashan’s biography on the Discovery Go site, he was “a seventh-generation fisherman who was raised not far from Dutch Harbor on the nearby island of Akutan, Alaska.”

“He was named after his great uncle Nick McGlashan, who worked on the first boat rumored to have pioneered the U.S. crab industry, the F/V Deep Sea, built in 1947,” according to the biography. “Two of Nick’s aunts were also crabbers; one was lost at sea when the boat sank in 1986.”

The show also chronicled McGlashan’s battle with substance abuse, E! Online reported. In May, he wrote about his struggle in a Chosen Magazine” article titled “The Deadliest Disease.”

McGlashan wrote that he had been abusing alcohol, heroin and methamphetamine, CNN reported. McGlashan overdosed three times before he went into treatment in September 2016, the network reported.

“My life went from Bering Sea badass to full-blown junkie very rapidly. Hidden from me was that passion I had for life,” he wrote “Taken from me was my ability to live. I was at war with my addiction and it was winning.”

McGlashan is one of several cast members who have died. Fellow deckhand Mahlon Reyes died in early August of a heart attack. He was 38.

The show has had at least six other cast members die over the course of its 16-season run, according to People.

'Deadliest Catch' star Nick McGlashan, who appeared on vessels in the Bering Sea during his time on the show, died at the age of 33.
'Deadliest Catch' star Nick McGlashan, who appeared on vessels in the Bering Sea during his time on the show, died at the age of 33. (Carl Fredrickson/Getty Images)