Deadliest Catch Captain Phil Harris Dies at 53

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Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie on Deadliest Catch has died.

Sons Jake and Josh Harris broke the news on the Discovery Channel show's official site, where updates on Harris had been posted since his January 30 stroke.

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad - Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the entire crew, he was someone who never backed down."

"We will forever remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. - Jake and Josh Harris"

Harris, who was 53, was based out of Seattle, suffered a stroke during an offload of crab. He was found unconscious in a stateroom, was airlifted to Anchorage for 12 grueling hours of surgery, then placed in a medically induced coma.

R.I.P. Phil Harris with sons Josh and Jake.

He had shown signs of improvement last week, squeezing hands and even telling his doctors and nurses, in his signature gruff style, to not "f--k things up."

Phil Harris, a fisherman for 32 years, was a co-owner of the Cornelia Marie, which he'd captained for 18 years; Jake and Josh work on the ship as deck hands.

Fans reached out Tuesday night on the show's message boards, where comments have been posted since Phil Harris fell ill, offering condolences to the family.

The Discovery Channel said in a statement that Phil "more than someone on our TV. Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart."

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I am a big fan of Phil's , also of the Deadliest Catch. We will all miss Phil and hope that his sons continue their dad's legacy.

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To the Harris family, particularly Jake and Josh,
Your father had the ability to locate crab grounds using his tried and tested method of watching the surface for fart bubbles. Keep your nose to the wind boys, and your back to the sleet.
Greg
NSW
Australia

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To captain phil Harris family on land and at sea I wishes you all the great in the years to come a sad sad lose for good souled person but he is at peace now xoxoxxoxooxoxxo

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We loved your Dad Josh and Jake and will remember him forever as a real hard worker. Please carry on his legacy boys.

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I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Please keep his dream alive and continue to fish. Once again, so sorry.

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top man, top dad,will miss ya phil fish in peace now keep an eye on your boys from heaven keep emm safe, sadly missed

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I`ve watched Deadliest Catch from the beginning it was shown on Dutch TV by Discovery.(even the rerun)
My deepest sympathy to all off Phil's family, friends and crew.
Rest in Peace Capt Phil.Harris god bless all fishermen of the sea where ever you sail. from the Netherlands John & Monique Roelofs

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My husband and I watch Deadliest Catch all the time. We will miss Phil on the show very much. Our prayers are with the family.
Jake I hope you will seek help as your father wanted the best for you.

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I was superised to hear of Captain Phils passing..he was a legend in his own right..My thoughts go out to his Family and friends at this time ..From John in Adelaide , South Australia

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RIP PHIL.