Former ‘Deadliest Catch’ Producer Shot Dead in Pasadena; Suspect Kills Himself

Deadliest Catch Producer Killed
Courtesy of Joe McMahon Family

UPDATED: Former “Deadliest Catch” producer Joe McMahon was shot and killed early Friday morning in front of his home in Pasadena, Calif. He was 25 years old.

According to CBS-LA, the suspect in the murder, an unidentified 24-year-old man, was found dead in his car Friday afternoon in West L.A. from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“We are heartsick about this tragedy — our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all that knew and worked with him,” Discovery, the network behind “Deadliest Catch,” said in a statement.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3600 block of Yorkshire Road in the Chapman Woods neighborhood around 2:19 a.m. this morning, after receiving a call about possible shots fired, according to ABC 7 News. When police arrived, they found a 25-year-old man with gunshot wounds on the street. Authorities say the man’s body was found just one driveway from his home.

Family members identified the victim as McMahon, and said that he worked on “Deadliest Catch.” His grandfather is former CBS News reporter Bob Flick.

According to his IMDb page, he worked as an associate producer on the hit series for nine episodes in 2013.

The motive has not been determined, and an investigation is under way. Authorities do not believe drugs were involved, and there is no indication that McMahon had any gang affiliation.

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  1. Betty says:

    I’m sorry. He was so young. Please except my condolences. I just saw the final episode of Deadliest Catch, and it showed his picture. So sorry.

  2. Keter Malkut says:

    Did the shooter and victim have a relationship?

  3. johnco says:

    How come more information about the shooter was not printed? lets hear his name I assume the police at least know that much, why is he being protected

    • chalie16 says:

      Nice try at stirring the pot buddy but no. He was a plain ol white guy from LA. His name is Brandon Rafiepour and the LAPD didn’t release his name because they had to notify next of kin.

  4. It was a hit, someone he did business with who was jealous of him and not happy. To much murder nowadays and to much being reported, almost as though orders from higher ups are trying to desensitize society.
    I give my sympathies to the young man’s family, friends and associates.

  5. CherylH says:

    Your screen name explains everything as to why you’re as crass and rude as you are.

  6. Howard Shore says:

    that is very very sad


    i express my condolences.

    guess u are not safe anywhere!

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