Phil Harris, one of the most popular captains on Discovery’s reality show “Deadliest Catch,” led a rough life so the fatal stroke he suffered recently isn’t exactly a shocker, but sad nonetheless. Discovery isn’t sure how it’s going to address it when the show returns in April.
I got to meet him in 2008 when he was doing some off-season promotion. We met at the downtown Hooters, which serves Alaskan snow crab. He was actually a pretty low-key, matter-of-fact guy who actually joked to me about dying. He was refreshingly real.
Discovery is planning a special “Deadliest Catch” marathon Feb. 20. According to a press release, “We will provide information regarding a public memorial, where to send donations and a tribute show as details are finalized. ”
Here’s the story I wrote back then:
Broken ribs, broken wrists, broken arms, broken back. For Phil Harris, that’s standard fare trolling the Alaskan seas for snow and Alaskan crab, a lifestyle chronicled in Discovery Channel’s