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'Deadliest Catch' Star Mahlon Reyes' Cause of Death Confirmed — Here Are the Details

Laura Beatham
Jan 07, 2021
11:20 A.M.
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Brian Heino, the coroner and sheriff from the Flathead County Sheriff's office, confirmed the cause of death of Mahlon Reyes's who was a deckhand on the "Deadliest Catch."


The details surrounding the cause of death of Mahlon Reyes from "Deadliest Catch." He passed away on July 27, 2020. the cause has recently been confirmed by Flathead County Sheriff's Office coroner and sheriff, Brian Heino.

The Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" deckhand had passed away from acute cocaine intoxication, as confirmed to USA Today. Heino had ruled the manner of death as accidental.


On July 25, Reyes suffered a massive heart attack and was on life support. On July 27, he passed away as his family made the decision to take him off the life support machines.

His wife, Heather Sullivan, wrote an email to USA Today and shared that she and her family were recalling and telling fond memories of Reyes to get through the heartbreak of losing him. She wrote:

"We laugh and remember all the funny stories and have been surrounded by an amazing group of our best friends and family."


The confirmation of his death comes a week after the death of another "Deadliest Catch" star, Nick McGlashan. His cause of death is still under investigation.

McGlashan had tweeted a photo of himself and Reyes on the job as a way to honor him. He wrote that the place misses Reyes.

The show has experienced many deaths of its cast members, most recently McGlashan.


At the time of Reyes' heart attack, he was taken to the North Valley Montana Hospital, which is in Whitefish, Montana, his hometown.

His wife shared that he was cremated and that his friends and castmates would scatter his ashes in Montana's Swan Range mountains and the Bering Sea, which are two of his favorite places. She said:

"[Montana's Swan Range mountains] where he and his brother would snowcat. These are two of his favorite places."


Reyes appeared on the show a dozen times from 2012. Unfortunately, the show has experienced many deaths of its cast members, most recently McGlashan, who passed away in December.

Reyes left behind his wife and 4 children and will be greatly missed by his family and the cast of the show. The Discovery Channel released a statement to E! sharing that their thoughts and prayers go to the family.

A memorial page on Facebook had been set up as a way for fans and friends to pay tribute to the "Deadliest Catch" reality TV star.

The reality fishing show is about fishermen and their daily experiences on the sea. Reyes had worked on two "crabbing" boats, the Seabrooke and Captain Caution.