Deadliest Catch Mate Found Dead

Justin Tennison discovered on floor of Alaska hotel room
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2011 2:05 AM CST

(Newser) – A year after popular captain Phil Harris was felled by a stroke, another member of the hit reality series The Deadliest Catch has died. Justin Tennison, 33, was found dead on the floor of his Alaska hotel room, a bottle of alcohol and marijuana nearby, reports TMZ. "Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand," Captain Andy Hillstrand posted on Tennison's Facebook page. "We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time."

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There was no apparent evidence of foul play. An autopsy is being conducted. Tennison worked as an engineer in the harsh conditions off the Alaskan coast on board the Time Bandit. He leaves behind a son and a daughter. Harris, captain of rival ship the Cornelia Marie, died last February soon after he collapsed on deck of a massive stroke while unloading his catch. Click for more, including reports about a party that had happened the night before. (Read more Deadliest Catch stories.)

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