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'Deadliest Catch' Star Found Dead: 5 Facts on Time Bandit's Justin Tennison

Feb 24, 2011 – 12:00 PM
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Steven Hoffer

Steven Hoffer Contributor

Justin Tennison, a fisherman on Discovery Channel's "The Deadliest Catch," has passed away at 33.

Tennison was found dead in a Homer, Alaska, hotel room Tuesday along with "a small amount of marijuana, as well as several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator," TMZ reports.

"Discovery Channel is saddened by the passing of Time Bandit crew member Justin Tennison," the network said in a statement. "We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time."

For more, Surge Desk offers five facts on Tennison:

1. His cause of death remains unknown
An autopsy is pending, and police do not suspect foul play.

2. Tennison's death is the second "Deadliest Catch" tragedy in recent memory
On Feb. 9, 2010, the show lost Cornelia Marie Capt. Phil Harris, who passed away after suffering a stroke.

3. He will still be featured in the show
Tennison will be posthumously featured in the show's seventh season, according to a Discovery spokesman.

4. He was well respected by his fellow crew members
Here are Time Bandit Capt. Andy Hillstrand's thoughts on Tennison:

It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member Justin Tennison. Justin died peacefully in his sleep the night of February 21, 2011.

Justin fished commercially for many years, living in Alaska for 28 years. He worked on the Time Bandit, alongside his second cousin, Eddie Uwekoolani Jr., serving as engineer during the tendering seasons, and joined the Time Bandit crew as a deckhand fishing the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons.

Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand. The captains and crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time.

5. He leaves behind family
According to Hillstrand's statement, "Justin is survived by a son, daughter, sister, father and grandparents."

For more Surge Desk coverage, see:
Justin Tennison Found Dead; 'Deadliest Catch' Mourns Anew


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