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“Deadliest Catch” star Tony Lara dead at 50

Tony Lara, a ship captain on Discovery Channel's long-running Deadliest Catch, has died in Sturgis, South Dakota, while attending its motorcycle rally.
August 11, 2015

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.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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