Cause of death for 'Deadliest Catch' star Blake Painter has emerged

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 12, 2018
11:25 A.M.
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Blake Painter, a captain from season 2 and 3 of the documentary TV series, Deadliest Catch, passed away at the age of 38. The cause of death was revealed.


His body was found on May 25th in his Oregon home, by a concerned friend who could see through the living room window that Painter was lying face down on the floor. 

He could also smell decaying flesh and reported the matter to the authorities. TMZ has since learned that various prescription drugs, including the painkiller Tramadol, was found near the body. 

Painter's face, back, and stomach had a bluish discoloration, and another bottle with an assortment of unidentified pills was also found nearby. 


The outlet claimed the drug paraphernalia was found on his person as well, including a pipe, tinfoil and an Altoids container with an illegal substance. 

Officials on the case said the substances would be tested, and that an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death. At this stage in their investigation, no foul play is suspected. 

Officials in Oregon did not respond to Fox News' inquiry; however, the Discovery Network was devastated by Painter's deaths and extended thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.

Painter was the captain of the F/V Maverick on the hit Discovery Channel show from 2006 until 2007, and appeared several episodes of season 3, during King Crab season.


It's a high-risk job, with drowning and hypothermia being the leading causes of death, as well as the risk of sustaining crippling injuries from working with the heavy machinery.

Painter was a seasoned crab fisherman but resigned from the documentary series before the season three finale. Later, he acquired his own boat, the F/V Tradition.

The series premiered thirteen years ago and follow the adventures of Alaskan crab fishermen on the Bering Sea. For more details, follow our Twitter account, AmoMama USA.