'Deadliest Catch' Crewman Justin Tennison Found Dead — Hadn't Even Been on TV Yet!

Thu, February 24, 2011 9:52am EDT by 4 Comments

A crewman we’ll all see for the first time in April when he makes his debut on the rough-and-tumble series was discovered inside an Alaska motel room strewn with booze and drugs.

“Tough as a bull” Justin Tennison, 33, who will make his first appearance on the hit Discovery Channel reality series Deadliest Catch in April, was found dead after a noisy night in a Homer, Alaska, motel. Police say they found beer, liquor and some marijuana in the room, one of two he had registered under his name.

Other guests at the hotel had complained about noise from the rooms the night of Feb. 21 so investigators think a party was being thrown.

Foul play is not suspected, TMZ.com reports. An autopsy will determine the official cause of death.

Justin worked on the Time Bandit, a boat featured in the series about the crab-fishing world off Alaska. Discovery said he is to make his debut appearance during the the series’ seventh season, which starts in April.

“We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time,” the channel said in a statement.

A message on the Time Bandit’s website describes Justin as “tough as a bull” and “an all-around good hand.”