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.
Few details were released; however, Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman issued a statement on behalf of Harris’ sons, Jake and Josh, saying their father has “always been a fighter and continued to be until the end.”