A cast member on a successful cable reality show is dead at 28. CNN reported the death of fisherman Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge, who was the first mate on the fishing vessel Pinwheel, featured on National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna.”
Fudge reportedly died July 19. No cause of death has been released.
Fudge appeared on both “Wicked Tuna,” which has been running for seven seasons, and its spinoff “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.”
People reports that Fudge ran into legal trouble about four months ago, when he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.
The People report quotes the Portsmouth police log from March 28, which says a “caller reported a possible drunken driver on Islington Street. Stopped and arrested Nicholas Fudge, 28, of 91 Portsmouth Ave., Greenland, on charges alleging he disobeyed an officer, was driving while intoxicated and after suspension and resisted arrest. He was also cited for crossing a solid line and allegedly having an open container of alcohol.”
The show’s Twitter account posted a tweet confirming Fudge’s death, which you can see below …