Deadliest Catch Deckhand Mahlon Reyes Dies At 38

Lawrence Kim
August 2, 2020

Mahlon Reyes, who worked as a deckhand on Deadliest Catch, has died. The television personality was a deckhand on one of the crab fishing boats on the show.

Mahlon, who appeared on over a dozen episodes of the series since 2012, died after suffering a heart attack last Saturday, according to TMZ, which first reported the news. However, he did not regain consciousness and his family chose to take him off of life support in the early morning of July 27, according to a post made on his memorial Facebook page. Reyes' wife said that they chose to take him off of life support on Sunday and he was surrounded by loved ones at the time.

According to his wife, Reyes initially survived and was rushed to hospital but he never regained consciousness. When his family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off life support "he was surrounded by loved ones".

His wife also said there are plans to cremate his body and for some of the ashes to be spread in the Bering Sea by his Deadliest Catch colleagues. Although she reported that he had a heart attack, the Flathead County Sheriff's Office said his official cause of death had not been determined and was pending autopsy and toxicology results. Mahlon spent time on both the Seabrooke and Cape Caution.

Long-running reality series "Deadliest Catch" began in 2005, and follows fishermen aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea.

The programme's title is inspired by the high risk of injury or death, which is a concern in that line of work.

Reyes is survived by his wife and their four children.

Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mahlon, with one person writing: "So sad".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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