Person of Interest

Deadliest Catch Captain Dies

The world lost a little of its color yesterday as Captain Phil Harris, the prickly, tattooed, chain-smoking boss on Discovery's series The Deadliest Catch, died at age 53. While unloading his ship in Alaska on January 30, Harris had a stroke that he never recovered from, spending his remaining days in the hospital. Discovery followed Harris and the crew of the Cornelia Marie—including Harris' sons Jake and Josh—on its series about crab fisherman working the waters off Alaska, a job that boasts large profits as well as rates of injury so high that it is often called the most dangerous in the world.