Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain who starred in the Discovery
Channel's reality show Deadliest Catch died
Tuesday. The 53-year-old
suffered a stroke last month while his crew was unloading crab. An
outpouring of sympathy and eulogistic remembrances have followed news of
Harris's death. The popular show, which exposes the crab fishing industry in Alaska, filmed five seasons.
- The Quintessential Captain, writes Mandi Bierly at Entertainment Weekly: "Phil was great because he was exactly what we thought a
captain would be: Frequently swearing, chain-smoking, and stressing; a
teller of tales with a fondness for pranks; a gruff man who’d choose to
stay with his ship even when his doctors said it was dangerous; and a
softie who’d turn almost poetic when he reflected on the only job he’d
- "Deadliest Catch Finally Gave Us Tragedy—and Now We're Very Sad, mourns an uncharacteristically sincere Brian Moylan at Gawker: "Discovery promised us something akin to the modern gladiator ring,
where macho men fight nature and each other and occasionally we get to
see a grizzly death. It delivered, but what we got instead was an
insightful human drama about the people who toil on the ends of the
earth and the struggles they go through to keep a family—surrogate or
otherwise—together. Now that death has come for the Deadliest Catch, we are seized with a strange emotion. It's not morbid fascination, it's actual mourning."
- A Faithful Colleague, writes the his network in a statement: "Discovery mourns the loss of dear
friend and colleague Captain Phil Harris. He was more than someone on
our television screen. Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to
all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked
sense of humor and enormous heart. We share our tremendous sadness
over this loss with the millions of viewers who followed Phil's every
move. We send our thoughts and prayers to Phil's sons Josh and Jake
and the Cornelia Marie crew."
- A Resilient Father, write his sons Josh and Jake Harris: "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain
Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until
the end... For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."
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