‘Deadliest Catch’ star Nick Mavar dead at 59 after suffering medical emergency

“Deadliest Catch” star Nick Mavar has died. He was 59 years old.

Bristol Bay Police Chief Jeffrey Eldie told Deadline that the Croatia native suffered a medical emergency at a boatyard in Naknek, Alaska, on Thursday.

The F/V Northwestern deckhand was then transported to a local hospital where he later died of natural causes, the Police Chief said.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Mavar, whom he went public with in August 2021.

“Deadliest Catch” star Nick Mavar has died at 59 years old. Nick Mavar/Facebook
The F/V Northwestern deckhand suffered a medical emergency and later died of natural causes. Facebook/Nick Mavar

Nick rose to fame when he appeared in the Discovery Channel series, which chronicles the lives of commercial crab fishermen as they face harsh working conditions, between 2005 and 2021.

He also starred in the “Deadliest Catch: Siberian Winter” and “Deadliest Catch: The Bait” spinoffs.

Nick left the show after he ruptured his appendix while onboard during a December 2020 expedition.

Following the incident, he sued one of the boat owners Sig Hansen and his wife, claiming that there wasn’t a plan in place for him to get proper medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 2005 to 2021, Mavar appeared in 98 episodes of the Discovery Channel series. Nick Mavar/Instagram
He also starred in the “Deadliest Catch: Siberian Winter” and “Deadliest Catch: The Bait” spinoffs. Nick Mavar/Instagram
Mavar left the show in 2021 after he ruptured his appendix while onboard and sued one of the boat owners. Nick Mavar/Instagram

In turn, Hansen sued the show’s production company for the same reason.

His death comes four years after his co-star Nick McGlashan died at 33. He starred in the reality series from 2013 to 2020.

And a couple of months before, deckhand Mahlon Reyes died of a heart attack. He was 38 years old.

The coroner ruled Reyes’ death an accident following an acute cocaine intoxication.

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