Last week, Deadliest Catch star Blake Painter was found dead in his home. Authorities in Clatsop County, Ore., are waiting for the toxicology reports to come in to declare the cause of Painter’s death.
Last Friday, a friend of Painter came to his home to check on him. He had not heard from the star in a few days and was worried.
According to Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin, his friend was on the outside of Painter’s home when he saw a dead body laying on the kitchen floor of his house.
Bergin could tell that the crab fisherman had been dead for a few days before his friend even came over. He went on to report that there were no signs of foul play. They did find illegal and prescriptions drugs in the home. However, they do not know if they played any effect on his death.
Deadliest Catch Star, Blake Painter Dead, At 38
According to reports from local newspapers, back in January, Painter was under arrest after an officer saw the tv star driving and smoking heroin. His charges were unlawful possession of heroin, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and with physical evidence.
Born in Astoria, Oregon, Painter had been fishing, according to a fan site for the show, since he was three years old. The show, Deadliest Catch, is going on its 14th season. It is about crab fishing while in Alaska. Officials say that it is one of the deadliest jobs to have on Earth. So far, the Discovery Channel reality-Tv show has been able to rake in 16 Emmys.
When the show first aired, Painter was an engineer on the boat. However, he soon became the skipper of the crab boat. Officials from the Discovery channel have yet to comment on Painter’s death.