R.I.P. Capt. Phil Harris

Jake Harris, Captain Phil Harris of Cornelia Marie, Josh Harris. i i

Captain Phil Harris, center, with sons Jake (L) and Josh (R). Blair Bunting/Getty Images/Discovery Channel hide caption

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Jake Harris, Captain Phil Harris of Cornelia Marie, Josh Harris.

Captain Phil Harris, center, with sons Jake (L) and Josh (R).

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It's no secret that I love Deadliest Catch on Discovery. So this news saddens me — at a level I didn't quite expect. Capt. Phil Harris, who piloted the Cornelia Marie, has died after a massive stroke. From the Discovery Channel press release:

Discovery mourns the loss of dear friend and colleague Captain Phil Harris. He was more than someone on our television screen. 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. We share our tremendous sadness over this loss with the millions of viewers who followed Phil's every move. We send our thoughts and prayers to Phil's sons Josh and Jake and the Cornelia Marie crew.

Tears prick my eyes as I read this. Capt. Harris, you will be missed.

Updated to add: Capt. Harris's many friends and fans remember him here.

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