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By Michael Bearak     Feb 10, 2010 in Entertainment
Phil Harris, a boat captain for the popular Discovery Channel TV show, 'Deadliest Catch' passed away Tuesday night from what has been described as a massive stroke.
The Discovery Channel along with the family of Captain Phil Harris released a statement early Wednesday that Harris had passed away as a result of a massive stroke he suffered on January 29th. Harris, 59, was captain of the Cornelia Marie on the popular television show, 'Deadliest Catch' that airs on the Discovery Channel.
Harris suffered what the family said was a massive stroke while in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery when he later passed away.
In a written statement Harris' two sons, Josh and Jake, "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. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."
Postings over the weekend indicated that Harris had been improving. He had reportedly communicated with family and friends and was squeezing people's hands.
According to the the Cornelia Marie's website Phil Harris began on a fishing boat at the age of 7 and then moved to a crab fishing boat at 17. By the age of 21 he had his own fishing vessel that was being sailed out of Seattle, Washington and that made him one of the youngest people to ever captain a vessel on the Bering Seas.
The Cornelia Marie website has been flooded with messages from fans and friends. A friend of Harris', Derek Ray, was flown in to serve as captain in Harris' absence.
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