Tony Lara, a ship captain on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, has died in Sturgis, South Dakota, while attending its motorcycle rally.
The 50-year-old Lara starred in the Original Productions-made series as a captain on the Cornelia Marie, one of the many fishing vessels featured on the program.
Described on the Discovery Channel website as a “crabbing veteran,” Lara took the reins of the ship when the show’s 53-year-old captain Phil Harris died of a stroke in 2010.
Meade County sheriff Ron Merwin said Lara died early Saturday (August 8) morning at a private residence in Sturgis, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Merwin told realscreen today (August 11) that an autopsy was being performed today.
Discovery issued a statement regarding Lara’s passing which read: “We’ve lost a member of the Deadliest Catch family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this very sad time.”
Billed as a gathering for motorcycle enthusiasts, the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally ran from August 3 to 9.