Deadliest Catch star Blake Painter dies aged 38

Deadliest Catch star Blake Painter has died aged 38, according to US reports.

Blake, best known for being a captain on seasons two and three of the Discovery Channel show, was found dead at his home in Oregon on Friday.

TMZ reports that Blake’s friends became concerned after not hearing from him for a few days.

They alerted police who gained entry to his home where they determined the fisherman had been dead for several days.

According to the website, police found substances in his home that they will be testing to see if they’re illegal drugs. Prescription pills were also found, but authorities are unclear if these played a part in Blake’s death.

No foul play is suspected and an autopsy and toxicology test will be done to determine Blake’s official cause of death.

According to The Daily Astorian, Blake was pulled over in early January 2018 after police allegedly noticed he was smoking heroin while at the wheel.

He was charged with unlawful possession of heroin, tampering with physical evidence, and reckless driving.

Over the weekend, Deadliest Catch star Nick McGlashan tweeted: "A fellow fisherman has lost his life due to an overdose. Prayers to his family please."

Despite his young age, Blake captained the F/V Maverick while on the show. Following season three, he voluntarily quit.

He previously spoke about the ups and downs of the industry, saying he once made $72,000 in three days, but also pointed out: “I dread long-lining season, just because it’s so repetitive.”

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