Justin Tennison, a crew member on the “Deadliest Catch” boat F/V Time Bandit, has died.
The 33-year-old Tennison was found dead in a motel room in Homer, Alaska, Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 22), the Anchorage Daily News reports. Police say they found alcohol and about a quarter-ounce of marijuana in the room, but it’s not known if they played any part in Tennison’s death; an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
Time Bandit Capt. Andy Hillstrand posted a remembrance on his Facebook page, saying Tennison was “tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand.”
“Justin fished commercially for many years, living in Alaska for 28 years,” Hillstrand writes. “He worked on the Time Bandit, alongside his second cousin, Eddie Uwekoolani Jr., serving as Engineer during the tendering seasons, and joined the Time Bandit crew as a deckhand fishing the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons.”
Discovery Channel also released a statement on Tennison’s passing: “Discovery Channel is saddened by the passing of Time Bandit crew member Justin Tennison. We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time.”
Tennison, who was father to a son and a daughter, would have turned 34 next month.