Sad news today for Deadliest Catch fans. One of the show's stars from Seasons 2 and 3 (2006 and 2007) was reportedly found dead in his Astoria, OR home, according to Deadline. The 38-year old crab fisherman and sea captain was allegedly found by authorities after a friend of his became concerned for his wellbeing. The friend had not heard from him in a while, so he called police. Officers reportedly determined that the former reality star had been dead for "several days" before he was found. But what happened to the young man?
His cause of death is so far unclear. Prescription pills and other substances were reportedly found at the scene of his death, and police are testing them to determine if they played a role in Painter's untimely death. There will be a toxicology test and autopsy done in the coming days to figure out what happened to him.
The Daily Astorian reported that Painter was arrested last January after a police officer spotted him smoking heroin in his car. he was allegedly charged with DUI and drug possession at the time.
Painter was no longer a member of the Deadliest Catch cast when he passed away. After Season 3, he quit the show. ScreenRant reports that there was some kind of drama going on behind the scenes, and he was also distracted by caring for his father, who was diagnosed with cancer and needed surgery during the dungeoness season of the show. So far, Deadliest Catch and Discovery Channel have not spoken out about Painter's alleged passing.
Fans are devastated by the news. "So sorry to hear about the death of Blake Painter. Really enjoyed him on DC. Prayers to his family and friends. Just so sad," said one. Another agreed, writing, "To the entire fleet, sending condolences on the loss of Blake Painter."