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Discovery to pay tribute to ‘Deadliest Catch’ captain

Discovery Channel has announced it will premiere tributes to the late Captain Phil Harris, star of The Deadliest Catch, who passed away after a stroke in February. Beginning on June 22, episodes of The Deadliest Catch will follow Harris as he suffers a stroke and the ensuing medical treatment he receives at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. The series follows Harris' sons and his coworkers rallying around his bedside until Harris gives up the battle. Following that episode, Discovery will run After the Catch on July 13, where Harris is remembered. The captain will receive another tribute, Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered on July 20, which will be a one-hour special looking at Harris' life. The special will include interviews with fellow captains and crew, memorable moments from the past six season and never-before-seen footage, as well as Harris' public memorial service. In a statement, Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and Science Channel said, 'I wish this would never have been a storyline of the series, but I am proud of the heart and emotion we have worked so hard to put into these very special episodes as a tribute to Phil.'
June 16, 2010

Discovery Channel has announced it will premiere tributes to the late Captain Phil Harris, star of The Deadliest Catch, who passed away after a stroke in February. Beginning on June 22, episodes of The Deadliest Catch will follow Harris as he suffers a stroke and the ensuing medical treatment he receives at a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. The series follows Harris’ sons and his coworkers rallying around his bedside until Harris gives up the battle. Following that episode, Discovery will run After the Catch on July 13, where Harris is remembered. The captain will receive another tribute, Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered on July 20, which will be a one-hour special looking at Harris’ life. The special will include interviews with fellow captains and crew, memorable moments from the past six season and never-before-seen footage, as well as Harris’ public memorial service. In a statement, Clark Bunting, president and general manager of Discovery Channel and Science Channel said, ‘I wish this would never have been a storyline of the series, but I am proud of the heart and emotion we have worked so hard to put into these very special episodes as a tribute to Phil.’

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