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'Deadliest Catch' boat crew member found dead

By Alan Duke, CNN
Justin Tennison was an engineer on the Time Bandit during the two recent fishing seasons. He was 33 years old.
Justin Tennison was an engineer on the Time Bandit during the two recent fishing seasons. He was 33 years old.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Justin Tennison, 33, served as an engineer on the Time Bandit
  • His death was from "unknown causes," but an autopsy is being conducted, police say
  • Tennison was "tough as a bull," the boat's captain says

(CNN) -- A crew member of a fishing vessel seen on the "Deadliest Catch" reality show was found dead in a Homer, Alaska, hotel room Tuesday, police said.

Justin Tennison, 33, died of "unknown causes," but his body was flown to Anchorage, Alaska, for an autopsy, according to a statement from the Homer, Alaska, Police Department.

Police and paramedics were called to Homer's Best Western Bidarka Inn Tuesday afternoon after Tennison's body was found, police said.

Tennison served as an engineer on board the Time Bandit during two recent fishing seasons, according to a statement on the boat's website.

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"Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand," the boat's Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand said. "The captains and crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year."

He is survived by a son, daughter, sister, father and grandparents, according to the statement.

Tennison's is the second death in a year among the Discovery Channel show's cast.

Capt. Phil Harris, the tattooed and gruff captain of the Cornelia Marie, died a year ago of complications from a stroke suffered while his crew offloaded crab at St. Paul Island, Alaska. He was 53.

 
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