The Tragic Death Of Blake Painter From Deadliest Catch

Renowned Discovery Channel reality series Deadliest Catch is a programming standout for a variety of reasons. The show has aired over 250 episodes, won 16 Emmys, and has a cult following that rivals any other show on the network. The significant tragedies that have affected the cast and crew over the show's 15-year run is also worth noting. A half-dozen cast members have died over the years, unfortunate events have struck the reality show's fan base more than nearly any other Discovery Channel program to date. Captain Phil Harris, Keith Anderson and Tony Lara are just some of the show's stars to have passed in recent years, with deckhand Mahlon Reyes being the latest to fall victim to the "Deadliest Catch curse." Sadly, the name of Captain Blake Painter is also on the list of the fallen.

Painter served as the captain of the fishing boat F/V Maverick during seasons two and three of the reality TV show. The crab fishing expert appeared on Deadliest Catch from 2006 until 2007, when he reportedly quit.

'Sober and happy' right before his death

Although the toxicology report of the autopsy was never publicly revealed, TMZ reports that several types of drugs were found at the scene of Painter's death. He was found dead in his home in Astoria, Oregon, May 29, 2018, Distractify reports. It was clear that Painter had been dead for several days when he was found.

Items found include the painkiller Tramadol and an "assortment of pills," as well as a pipe, tinfoil and a container filled with heroin and meth. Painter was described as "sober and happy" (even spending the day with his daughters the day before he died) in the days leading up to his death, but we also know the captain experienced chronic pain. Reco Intensive related that Painter had been arrested the previous January for driving while under the influence of intoxicants. In a 2013 interview with Seattle Weekly, it was revealed that he suffered from a condition dubbed "the claw" – which leaves your fingers perpetually bent, resembling a claw — as well as carpal tunnel syndrome.

He also told Seattle Weekly of his qualms with the profession: "I dread long-lining season, just because it's so repetitive," he said, before later admitting, "When fishing is good, you're making money quick. It's not uncommon to make $1,000 a day."

Painter was just 38 when he died.