Nick McGlashan, a seventh-generation fisherman who was a regular on Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” has died, his family told TMZ. He was 33.
McGlashan appeared on 78 episodes of the Discovery documentary series spread out across seven years, beginning with an appearance working on the Cape Caution before graduating to deck boss on the Summer Bay.
McGlashan died on Sunday in Nashville, TMZ reported, but no cause of death was given.
His sister Lydia also posted on Twitter on Sunday about the news of his passing. “My brother nick passed away. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Please hold your loved ones tight,” she wrote.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Nick’s loved ones during this difficult time. Nick came from a long line of crabbers and was known for his great depth of knowledge,” the “Deadliest Catch” network Discovery said in a statement. “He also had a sharp sense of humor even in the most difficult conditions. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.”
A representative for the medical examiner’s office in Tennessee’s Davidson County was unable to provide any information.
Nick McGlashan was born in Alaska and began crabbing on the Bering Sea when he was 13, following in the footsteps of a great uncle and two aunts, including one who was lost at sea while crabbing.
During the 13th season of “Deadliest Catch,” McGlashan entered rehab after struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. After becoming sober, he used his platform as an advocate for those hoping to get clean.
In August, another “Deadliest Catch” deckhand, Mahlon Reyes, died of a heart attack at age 38.