Blake Painter, 'Deadliest Catch' skipper, found dead in his OR home

Thirty-eight-year-old Blake Painter, one of the featured fishermen on the show, has been found dead in his OR home.

According to USA Today, drugs - including prescription drugs - were found in the home. The cause of death will be determined following autopsy and toxicology test, as People.com reports.

Law enforcement says a friend called the police after not hearing from the fisherman.

Police are also testing several substances found at the scene of Painter's death that will be tested for narcotics.

Authorities say a friend of Painter's became anxious after not hearing from him for a couple of days and contacted police who went to Painter's home, where they determined he had been dead for several days. "Of course his family are in my thoughts".

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"Deadliest Catch" star Blake Painter has died, according to TMZ.

The local sheriff's office said no foul play was suspected.

Painter was the caption of the F/V Maverick on Deadliest Catch, which airs on Discovery Channel.

Blake was heralded as an expert crab fisherman.

The "Deadliest Catch" star was just found dead in his OR home.

  • Michelle Webb