deadliest catch phil harris cornelia marie crew large 'Deadliest Catch' Captain Phil Harris diesPhil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Maria and star of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” has died. He had recently suffered a stroke.

Harris’ two sons Josh and Jake Harris, who also worked on the Cornelia Marie, said in a statement, “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. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down.  We will remember and celebrate that strength.  Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.”

Discovery Channel also released the following statement Tuesday night (Feb. 9):

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