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Tony Lara Dead: ‘Deadliest Catch’ Ship Captain Sadly Dies At 50

Tue, August 11, 2015 7:36am EDT by 1 Comment
Tony Lara Dead
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So sad. Tony Lara, who was a ship captain on ‘Deadliest Catch,’ has died at just 50 years old. The sad Aug. 8 death was sudden and unexpected.

Deadliest Catch has sadly lost a former member of its crew. Tony Lara, who served as a ship captain on the Discovery Channel show, died in his sleep and was found in the early morning of Aug. 8. He was only 50 years old. Heartbreaking.

Tony was at a private home in Sturgis, South Dakota, where he was staying to attend a motorcycle rally in the city, when he was found. Although no official cause of death has been released, He is believed to have died from a heart attack in his sleep. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results. No information has been released about the condition Lara was found in when he was discovered in the early hours of the morning on Aug. 8.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time,” a rep for Discovery said in a statement to People. Tony, who was a crabbing catcher, appeared on the Discovery Channel show as a captain on the Cornelia Marie during its seventh season, which aired in 2011.

Tony only made appearances on a few episodes of the show, which has aired 11 seasons altogether so far. Due to the show’s massive success, several specials have aired on the network, including After The Catch and List On Bait.

Our thoughts remain with Tony Lara’s family during this difficult time. HollywoodLifers, leave your condolences in the comments section below.

— Alyssa Norwin