Fans of the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch are in mourning, after learning that Captain Phil Harris died on February 9. He suffered a stroke while unloading his boat, the Cornelia Marie. Fans have been sharing their condolences on a message board (there are currently 274 pages of condolences), and the Discovery Channel just sent me the video clip below showing some of Phil's best catches -- it's worth a look if you've ever seen the show.
"Discovery mourns the loss of dear friend and colleague Captain Phil Harris. Â He was more than someone on our television screen. Â Phil was a devoted father and loyal friend to all who knew him. Â We will miss his straightforward honesty, wicked sense of humor and enormous heart. Â We share our tremendous sadness over this loss with the millions of viewers who followed Phil's every move. Â We send our thoughts and prayers to Phil's sons Josh and Jake and the Cornelia Marie crew." Elizabeth Hillman Senior Vice President, Communications Discovery Channel
According to the Discovery Channel's page about Captain Harris, he was still feisty to the end, telling his doctors and nurses: "Don't [expletive] up." Sadly, the damage was done and Harris died after more than a week in the hospital.More Phil Harris Moments