‘Deadliest Catch’ crab vessel captain dies


Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor

Published on
August 11, 2015

The captain of an Alaska crab fishing vessel featured on the Discovery Channel program “Deadliest Catch” has died.

According to the Associated Press, Tony Lara, 50, died Saturday morning at his home in Sturgis, S.D. Local authorities have not yet determined a cause of death.

According to the Discovery Channel’s website, Lara was the captain of the Cornelia Marie. A veteran fisherman, he had returned to the vessel after working on it throughout the 1990s. He also ran his own freighting business.

On Sunday, the show’s official Twitter feed featured a message about Lara.

“Yesterday we lost a member of the Catch Family. May you RIP Captain Tony Lara!” the message read, under a photo of Lara (pictured, center) with other members of the crew.

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