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Blake Painter, 'Deadliest Catch' skipper, found dead in home

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ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Blake Painter, an Astoria, Oregon, fisherman featured on the television series 'The Deadliest Catch,' has died. He was 38.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said Tuesday Painter had been found in his home May 25 by a friend who visited after being unable to reach him.

Bergin said a cause of death would not be released until a toxicology report had been completed, but there was "no foul play involved."

Painter rose to prominence after appearing on early seasons of the Discovery Channel series, which chronicles the lives and work of fishermen in Alaskan waters, with an eye to the hazards of the profession.

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