New ‘Deadliest Catch’ Crew Member Found Dead In Motel Room

ANCHORAGE (AP) —  A new member of a ‘Deadliest Catch’ fishing crew has been found dead in an Alaska motel room.

Justin Tennison was found dead Tuesday afternoon in a room at the Best Western Bidarka Inn in Homer, police said Wednesday.

Tennison, 33, was a member of the Time Bandit, one of the vessels on the popular Discovery Channel reality series. He will make a posthumous debut in the 7th season kicking off in April, said Discovery spokesman Josh Weinberg.

Homer police Lt. Randy Rosencrans said beer, hard liquor and a small amount of marijuana were found in the room. But he added that the cause of death is unknown, although foul play is not suspected.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office was scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon.

Police believe a party was held at the room the previous night.

Two rooms were registered under Tennison’s name and nearby guests complained about the noise. Police said Tennison was a local resident, but Rosencrans didn’t know why he was staying at the motel.

A phone call was placed from Tennison’s cell phone around midnight, but Rosencrans said he didn’t know who made the call or who it was placed to.

TMZ previously reported the death.

The Time Bandit issued a statement about Tennison’s death on its official website, saying he leaves behind a son, daughter, father, sister and grandparents.

“Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand,” the statement says. “We will miss him terribly.”

Weinberg also released a statement, saying Discovery was saddened by Tennison’s death.

“We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time,” the statement said.

The death comes a little more than year after Capt. Phil Harris of the “Deadliest Catch” fishing vessel Cornelia Marie died following a massive stroke at age 53.

The series, Discovery’s highest rated show, depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska.

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  • Cindy

    why do I feel like I read this story last week?

    • hatefuljoe

      you understand me boy?

    • Jeff B

      You probably read i it months ago, not last week. The date on the article is Feb 23.

  • Ben Diamante

    I guess he told you, didn’t he boy?

  • Jon Bravo

    These guys are dropping like flies. What’s up with that? Drug addicted fools or murder victims?

  • Dooner Jenkins

    The show is cursed.

  • Jim

    Hard living and Hard work usually kill you by the time you reach your 30s. It doesn’t matter how big and tough you are, your heart and your arteries still need healthy blood and low cholesterol to function properly. I’ve watched Deadliest Catch from time to time and most of these workers smoke cigs, drink hard liquor, and eat fatty foods for B-fast, Lunch & Dinner. Add to that the unusual working hours and lack of sleep you’re just asking for a heart attack

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