Mahlon Reyes Dead - 'Deadliest Catch' Star Dies at 38

Mahlon Reyes, a deckhand on one of the "Deadliest Catch" crab fishing boats, is dead.

His wife explained to TMZ that her husband had initially survived the heart attack, but then simply never regained his consciousness and had to be taken off life support, whilst his loved ones gathered around him. Though he survived the initial bout he never regained consciousness after being transported to a nearby hospital.

His death has left the family "completely shocked", particularly because Reyes did not suffer from any pre-existent health conditions.

Heather said that he has been cremated and that his ashes will be scattered by some of his co-stars in the Bering Sea.

He had been working hard to return to Alaska for another crabbing season recently.

A rep for the Flathead County Sheriff's office also confirms to ET that Reyes died on Monday, July 27 at 12:10 a.m.at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Montana.


The Montana native spent nearly a decade starring on the reality show.

The reality star worked as a deckhand on the show and appeared in 14 episodes, per IMDb.

TV series Deadliest Catch began in 2015 and follows fishermen aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and snow crab fishing season.

The programme's title is inspired by the high risk of injury or death, which is a concern in that line of work. Along with his wife, Mahlon also had four children.

Reyes is not the first Deadliest Catch star to pass away - in 2018, Captain Blake Painter was found dead in his Astoria, Oregon home at age 38.

Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mahlon, with one person writing: "So sad". He was struck by a heart attack last Saturday morning.

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