Crab fishing on the Bering Sea has been identified as among the most dangerous professions in the world — but the job has landed some individuals a new gig as a reality television star.
Nick McGlashan, a longtime fisherman who appeared in dozens of episodes of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, was recently found dead in Nashville, Tennessee, according to news reports.
“Please hold your loved ones tight”
While his profession is linked with a shortened life expectancy for those who choose it, news of McGlashan’s death did not include information regarding the suspected cause.
It did not appear to be the sea or any of its potential dangers that directly led to the 33-year-old fisherman’s demise, however. His sister confirmed the news on Sunday in a heartwrenching tweet that elicited sentiments from the popular show’s crew and fans.
“My brother Nick passed away,” she wrote. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Please hold your loved ones tight.”
In its own statement, the Discovery Channel praised McGlashan for his sense of humor as well as his extensive knowledge of the crabbing industry.
As with others in his demanding field, the young crabber showed a level of perseverance that sustained him through harsh conditions, as his many fans have witnessed over the years.
“He will be deeply missed”
“Nick came from a long line of crabbers and was known for his great depth of knowledge,” the network wrote. “He also had a sharp sense of humor even in the most difficult conditions. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.”
Tributes to the fallen fisherman began pouring in on social media throughout the day, with fans and friends remembering some of their favorite moments involving him and his crew on the crabbing ships Cape Caution and Summer Bay.
Following in the footsteps of a long line of relatives, McGlashan is a descendant of one of the first men to work on an Alaskan crabbing ship. One of his two aunts who also worked in the dangerous industry reportedly died at sea after the ship she was on sank.
Despite his success on the water, he had battled addiction and checked himself into rehab after getting kicked off the hit television series.
McGlashan is at least the eighth person associated with the show to die, including some attributed to drug- or alcohol-related causes.