TMZ: 'Deadliest Catch' capt Blake Painter dies in Astoria

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Thirty-eight-year-old Blake Painter, one of the featured fishermen on the show, has been found dead in his OR home.

Police discovered Painter's body because a friend of Painter's called the police because he hadn't heard from his friend in a few days.

Police had not yet released Painter's cause of death, though TMZ reported that "substances" found inside his OR home were being sent for testing and that an autopsy and toxicology test would be done.

"From the District Attorney's perspective our main concern was whether there was foul play", DA Joshua Marquis told Radar exclusively. An autopsy and toxicology report had been ordered. They believe he had been dead for several days.

According to The Daily Astorian - a local OR news site - Painter was involved in a horrific auto crash in June 2016 as he was towing a boat behind his pickup truck.

Painter was the caption of the F/V Maverick on Deadliest Catch, which airs on Discovery Channel. The expert crab fisherman appeared in "Deadliest Catch" from 2006 until 2007 for Seasons 2 and 3, when he reportedly quit.

This isn't the first time that a star of Deadliest Catch has passed away.