“Deadliest Catch” star Tony Lara died of a heart attack in his sleep.
Meade County Sheriff, Ron Merwin, the pathologist who performed the autopsy observed scar tissue on Lara’s heart, which is consistent with the effects of a heart attack, reports TMZ.
Merwin says they’ll know for sure when the toxicology report comes back, but there were no signs drugs or alcohol played a role. We’re told Lara’s body is being transferred back to his hometown in Alaska.
Authorities say a man who has appeared as a ship captain on the Discovery program “Deadliest Catch” died Saturday at a private residence in Sturgis, S.D., during its annual motorcycle rally.
Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin says he’s waiting on autopsy results to help determine the cause of 50-year-old Tony Lara’s death.
The sheriff says Lara died early Saturday morning at a private residence in Sturgis.
A message at a phone number associated with Lara wasn’t immediately returned.
A post on the Discovery website describes Lara as a veteran crab catcher. He appeared on the show at the helm of a boat called the Cornelia Marie.
Tony Lara was a crabbing veteran who was also a close friend of captain Phil Harris, who died on Feb. 9, 2010 at age 53. Harris suffered a stroke while filming the show’s sixth season and was hospitalized in Alaska. He was placed in an induced coma to reduce intracranial pressure and swelling. Harris awoke from the coma after his condition improved, but he later died from an intracranial hemorrhage.
Lara’s death follows another tragic loss for the Discovery Channel show after former producer Joe McMahon was shot dead outside his home.
The 25-year-old was gunned down in front of the property in Pasadena, California, on Friday.