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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Captain Phil Harris Passes Away Today

I find it morbidly odd that this is the next post after my 'Death and Dying' post...

I saw this at Discovery and reposted it here as I'm a huge 'Catch fan. Captain Phil's health struggles have been documented by the show along with every other aspect of life on a crab boat. My condolences go out to his family and friends. He and his no-holds-barred personality and blunt perspective will be missed, as well as the snapshots of a loving and caring father you got to see on occasion with his boys.

Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain of the Cornelia Marie from television's series 'The Deadliest Catch' has died.

Phil, 53, suffered a stroke on Jan. 29 while in an Alaskan port off-loading a catch. He was flown to Anchorage for surgery and showed signs of recovery through the days following, but ultimately succumbed to the trauma.

Harris had been showing signs of recovery from the stroke. His sons wrote in a Feb. 3 posting on the ship's Web site: "No one ever said Captain Phil Harris wasn't tough. Today, dad showed some good signs of improvement, squeezing our hands and even summoning his trademark Captain's bluntness ... We are encouraged, but still very cautious."

Harris began working on a fishing boat at age 7, and by the time he was 21, he was running a fishing vessel out of Seattle.

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