Justin Tennison of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” died in Homer, Alaska, of unknown causes. He was 34.
Tennison’s body was found Tuesday by cleaning staff in a hotel in the fishing town. Police said there was no sign of foul play and that an autopsy would be conducted Wednesday.
Tennison was an engineer on the Time Bandit, the ship captained by brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand.
Andy Hillstrand put an “In Memory” posting for Tennison on his own Facebook page Tuesday night, saying, “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 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.”
In a statement from spokesman Joshua Weinberg, Discovery Channel said it is “saddened by the passing of Time Bandit crew member Justin Tennison. We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time.”
Tennison is the second “Deadliest Catch” crew member to die since the show began; last year Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie died in an Anchorage hospital after a stroke.
According to Hillstrand’s posting, Tennison is survived by two children, his sister, father and grandparents.