Deadliest Catch Star Died in His Sleep TMZ reports Tony Lara, 50, apparently had a heart attack By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Aug 11, 2015 5:15 PM CDT 7 comments Comments Tony Lara, center, is dead at 50. ('Deadliest Catch'/Facebook) (Newser) – Tony Lara, one of the stars of Deadliest Catch, died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack, reports TMZ. Toxicology tests are pending, but there's no sign that drugs or alcohol played a role. Lara was found at a home in Sturgis, South Dakota, where he was attending the town's well-known motorcycle rally, the AP reports. The 50-year-old could be seen in the Discovery Channel reality show as the captain of the Cornelia Marie, a crab-catching vessel. His body will be returned to his hometown in Alaska. "May you RIP Captain Tony Lara," says a post on the show's Facebook page. "We know that you are up in heaven watching over the Cornelia Marie and rest of the Bering Sea fleet."