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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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He may host Deadliest Catch, but Phil Harris isn't letting the Grim Reaper catch up with him.

The reality TV star is making major progress after suffering a stroke last week. He's now breathing on his own.

A family source told TMZ that doctors are "extremely impressed" with Harris' progress. So are we.

The sea captain had been using breathing tubes to help circulate oxygen through his body, but these have now been removed and his motor skills are returning to normal.

Moreover, Harris has regained feeling in the left side of his body... and he's cursing like, well, a sailor. That's a good sign.

Harris hopes to move home as soon as possible. We'll let you know when this happens.

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Stroke? What stroke?

Deadliest Catch Captain Phil Harris woke up from a medically induced coma yesterday, according to reports, and even did so with typically salty flair.

Sons Jake and Josh Harris, who are also featured on the Discovery Channel series with their dad, said he "showed some good signs of improvement."

Jake and Josh say he was "squeezing our hands and even summoning his trademark captain's bluntness by telling doctors and nurses, 'Don't f--k up.'"

Somehow not surprising!

Here's wishing Phil Harris (middle) a speedy, salty recovery.

The elder Harris, a Deadliest Catch fixture since the show's launch, was found unconscious during an offload of crab (it's in season) late last week.

He was airlifted to Anchorage, Alaska, where endured 12 hours of surgery and the Cornelia Marie skipper was placed in a medically induced coma.

Harris had been placed in a coma to reduce brain swelling.

The stroke he suffered occurred near St. Paul Island, Alaska. The Emmy-winning Deadliest Catch takes place there and on the high seas, of course.

Get well soon, Phil!

by Free Britney at . Comments

Phil Harris, captain of one of the vessels featured on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, makes a habit of survival under the most challenging circumstances.

We can only hope he'll prove his near-unparalleled toughness once again and bounce back from the severe stroke that landed him in the hospital and in a coma.

Harris is "resting comfortably," but suffered a stroke while in port offloading his vessel, the 128-foot Cornelia Marie, according to the Discovery Channel website.

Capt. Phil has been at the helm of the Cornelia Marie for an impressive 18-year span and has two sons, Josh and Jake, who work as deckhands on the boat.

Capt. Phil Harris suffered a stroke recently.

Both are with Harris in the hospital, according to the network, and on behalf of their ailing dad, they "thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and prayers."

Now in its sixth season, Deadliest Catch follows the adventures of seven crabbing vessels and crews during the Alaskan king crab season in the Bering Sea.

The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is their base of operations. Here's hoping one of the fleet's best-known figures is back in action soon.

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