Justin Tennison, star of the “Deadliest Catch,” was found dead in an Alaska motel room Monday (Feb. 21) in yet another tragedy for the Discovery Channel reality TV show. Tennison was 33 years old.
Police said the cause of his death is unknown at the moment.
Justin was found along with some alcohol and a quarter-ounce of marijuana in a Homer, Ala., motel room, reports TMZ. No foul play is suspected, according to police.
Tennison, a crabber who worked as an engineer and deckhand on the vessel Time Bandit, is survived by a son and daughter.
The show portrays real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea fishiing for Alaskan King Crab, a delicacy.
In February 2010, another “Deadliest Catch” star, Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia fishing boat, died at age 53 after suffering a stroke.
Time Bandit captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand memorialized Justin on their Web site Feb. 22 with the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member Justin Tennison. Justin died peacefully in his sleep on the night of Feb. 21, 2011.
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.”
In a separate statement, the Discovery Channel said the network “is saddened by the passing” of Tennison.
“We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time.”
An autopsy on Tennison is pending.