A man who was one of the stars of a long-running reality TV show has died at age 38. TMZ reports that Blake Painter, who was a captain of the fishing vessel Maverick and appeared on seasons two and three of Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” was found dead Friday at his home in Oregon.
“We’re told a friend of Painter’s became concerned after not hearing from him for a few days … so he called the police. Officers gained entry, and determined Painter had been dead for several days,” TMZ reports. “We’re told cops discovered substances inside the home that they’ll test for possible narcotics. They also found prescription pills, but it’s unclear if they were a factor.”
TMZ adds: “No foul play is suspected in his death, and an autopsy and toxicology test will be done to determine the official cause.”
“Deadliest Catch” premiered in 2005 and has been running for 14 seasons.