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    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show Deadliest Catch, has died, the Discovery Channel said Tuesday night. He was 53.
    Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the fishing vessel he captained, Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. The fisherman was flown to Anchorage for surgery.

    The reality show, which has filmed five seasons, has been one of the Discovery Channel's most popular and depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska.

    "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad — Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end," sons Josh and Jake Harris said in a statement released by the network. "For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."

    In a statement, Discovery Channel senior vice president Elizabeth Hillman says, "Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him."

    "We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart," she said.

    In an e-mail to The Associated Press, she said no additional information was immediately available Tuesday night.

    Harris had seemed to be improving, and in a posting last Saturday on the ship's website, he was described as "talking to friends and family today; showing his greatest progress" since the stroke.

    His sons wrote in a Feb. 3 posting that "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."

    According to the ship's website, Harris started working on fishing boats at age 7 and started work 10 years later on a crab boat. When Harris turned 21, he ran a fishing vessel out of Seattle, making him one of the youngest to captain a vessel in the Bering Sea.

    When Harris suffered the stroke, the family said a friend, Derek Ray, had flown to St. Paul to take over the role of relief skipper for the rest of the opilio crab season.

    Harris' fishing vessel was based in Seattle.



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    When I was down with a broken tibia plateau,I'd watch "Deadliest Catch" as often as it was on the air.People have asked me why I enjoy it so and the only answer I have is because I've worked for years for and with towboat captains who would snarl at you just like those fishing boat guys.
    Phil Harris was a good part of the show.He might have been rough on some guys(his sons) but he WAS responsible for millions of dollars of equipment plus the irreplacable lives that went out to sea with him.That would hang heavy over anyone's head.

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    It was probably the saddest I felt about any "celebrity" dying in a long time.

    I know he was overweight and smoked like a chimney, probably had hihg blood pressure and an ulcer - bringing about his stroke......but he was an everyman. He busted his *** to get to be owner of a boat with immense responsibilities and seemed to be a very grounded guy and never forgot how he pulled himself up and put his pants on every day.

    He was my favorite captain on the show too. Watching this year's season in a couple months will be sad to see.
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    I'll chime in too..

    I enjoy the show and particularly liked watching the father/son relationship he shared with his boys.

    You could see he wasn't in the best of health.. and that smoking. What a shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    You could see he wasn't in the best of health.. and that smoking. What a shame.
    It was amazing that when he was in the hospital for coughing up blood he still had to go outside the hospital, in his gown, to have a cigarette.

    Some people just don't get the message.

    I'll miss him too. It's a great show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfyre View Post
    It was amazing that when he was in the hospital for coughing up blood he still had to go outside the hospital, in his gown, to have a cigarette.

    Some people just don't get the message.

    I'll miss him too. It's a great show.
    I take care of drug addicts who can shake heroin (probably one of the hardest drugs to kick) but cannot kick the cigarettes.

    There are physiological and structural changes that occur within the brain that cause the addicition and make it to the point that it is so addictive and so difficult to quit.

    This is why last week we had a woman light her face on fire shile she lit her cigarette while wearing a nasal canula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfyre View Post
    It was amazing that when he was in the hospital for coughing up blood he still had to go outside the hospital, in his gown, to have a cigarette.

    Some people just don't get the message.

    I'll miss him too. It's a great show.
    Some folks don't even realize that they are lighting one up,they are so habituated to smoking.I trained another towboat operator to be a tankerman back in 95 and he wasn't aware of when he lit up on a fuel barge either.
    They'll move on with the boat and show,though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    Some folks don't even realize that they are lighting one up,they are so habituated to smoking.I trained another towboat operator to be a tankerman back in 95 and he wasn't aware of when he lit up on a fuel barge either.
    I had a kid light up in the pits at Pocono during the national anthem right next a fuel can. Said he didn't know what they were.

    I know how hard it is to quit, did so 31 years ago after smoking for about 10 years. I had great motivation as my wife was pregnant with our son and wanted me to quit for the baby. That broke my psychological need, the rest was easy after that.
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