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Discovery Channel: 'Deadliest Catch' captain dies

Phil Harris suffered a stroke on Friday, Jan. 29, while offloading his boat in Alaska. Photo from MSNBC Phil Harris suffered a stroke on Friday, Jan. 29, while offloading his boat in Alaska. Photo from MSNBC

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A spokesman for The Discovery Channel says the captain of the "Deadliest Catch" fishing vessel Cornelia Marie has died.

Capt. Phil Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the boat was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery.

A Discovery spokesman says the Harris family contacted the network Tuesday evening with word of his death.

Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman issued a statement on behalf of sons Jake and Josh Harris. It says in part, "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end."

The Discovery Channel reality show depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska. Harris' fishing vessel was based in Seattle.

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