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Discovery Channel: 'Deadliest Catch' captain dies

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (WKOW) -- The captain of a "Deadliest Catch" fishing vessel has died.

According to a spokesman for The Discovery Channel, Capt. Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie suffered a massive stroke Jan. 29 while in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was flown to anchorage for surgery.

His family contacted the network Tuesday with word of his death.

A spokeswoman for Discovery issued a statement on half of Harris' sons, Jake and Josh, saying their father 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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