Time Bandit crew member Justin Tennison passes on at 34

The young crew member of one of the ships featured in the Discovery hit Deadliest Catch was "tough as a bull and an all-around good hand," according to a tribute on the Time Bandit website.
February 24, 2011

Justin Tennison, a crew member of the fishing vessel The Time Bandit featured on the Discovery hit Deadliest Catch, died earlier this week at the age of 34.

A message on the official Time Bandit website says Tennison “died peacefully in his sleep” during the evening of Tuesday, February 21.

“Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand,” read the posting. “The Captains and Crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time.”

According to the website, Tennison had joined the Time Bandit crew as a deckhand “fishing the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons.” The Time Bandit is led by captains Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand.

Tennison was found dead in a hotel room in Homer, Alaska. Police told the Anchorage Daily News that no foul play was suspected, and that an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

Discovery Channel issued a statement concerning Tennison’s passing, which read: “Discovery Channel is saddened by the passing of Time Bandit crew member Justin Tennison. We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time.”

Tennison is survived by a son, daughter, sister, father and grandparents.

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