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Justin Tennison, a 34-year-old crab fisherman and star of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, was found dead in an Alaska hotel room Tuesday. This sad news comes only a year after the fatal stroke of another Deadliest Catch star, Capt. Phil Harris.
According to TMZ, law enforcement officials found Tennison, a crew member on the boat Time Bandit, unresponsive in his bed. A search of the room turned up a small amount of marijuana and several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator. It's unknown at this time whether or not the drugs or alcohol factored into Tennison's death, but an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to determine the specific cause of death.
The Discovery Channel released a statement that they were "saddened by the passing of Time Bandit crew member Justin Tennison" and "send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time."
Time Bandit captain Andy Hillstrand wrote on the boat's official site that Tennison "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."
Hillstrand added that Tennison "was tough as a bull and an-all around good hand" and that his "hard work and many contributions this past year" were much appreciated by the captains and crew of the commercial fishing boat. He added, "We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time."