Deadliest Catch star Justin Tennison dead at 33

Feb 23, 2011 at 4:05 p.m. ET

Deadliest Catch star Justin Tennison has died at the age of 33. What caused his tragic death?

Justin Tennison

Cops found Deadliest Catch crew member Justin Tennison dead in an Alaskan hotel yesterday.

The police received a call at 12:52 pm yesterday in Homer, Alaska and showed up at the Best Western Bidarka Inn to find Tennison, 33, lying on his bed unresponsive.

TMZ is reporting that cops found a "small amount of marijuana" as well as "several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator in the hotel room." Police report that it looks like there had been a party in the room.

The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner where it will undergo an autopsy later today.

Time Bandit captain Andy Hillstrand posted the following message on his Facebook page in memory of Justin Tennison:

"It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member, Justin Tennison. Justin died peacefully in his sleep the night of February 21, 2011.

Justin fished commercially for many years, living in Alaska for 28 years. He worked on the Time Bandit, alongside his second cousin, Eddie Uwekoolani, Jr., serving as Engineer during the tendering seasons, and joined the Time Bandit crew as a deckhand fishing the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons.

Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand. The Captains and Crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time.

Justin is survived by a son, daughter, sister, father and grandparents."

This is the second tragic death from the Discovery channel's Deadliest Catch, which portrays the dangerous crab fishing industry in Alaska. Captain Phil Harris died last January from a massive stroke.

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