Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 15, 2024

'Deadliest Catch' Deckhand Nick Mavar Dies After Medical Emergency

Nick Mavar, known for his role as a deckhand on the reality show Deadliest Catch, has passed away at the age of 59.Mavar died on Thursday afternoon in Naknek, Alaska, following a medical emergency, as TMZ reports.Mavar, who gained fame on the F/V Northwestern, was confirmed deceased by the Police Chief of the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department. The cause of the emergency remains under investigation.

Medical Emergency Leads to Death

The police chief of Bristol Bay Borough Police Department told TMZ, "The ex-Discovery Channel star died Thursday afternoon in Naknek -- this after experiencing a medical emergency of some sort." Further details about the emergency are yet to be disclosed as it’s still early in the investigation.

Mavar's family has been informed of his passing. His involvement in Deadliest Catch spanned from 2005 to 2021, during which he appeared in 98 episodes.

The series star left the show following a serious health scare involving his appendix. This incident, which culminated in legal disputes, was one of his final appearances on the show.

Legal Disputes Following Health Incident

After his departure from Deadliest Catch, Mavar initiated legal action against Captain Sig Hansen. He claimed the show lacked a proper plan to provide external medical assistance during the pandemic, leading to severe consequences for his health.

The health scare resulted in a ruptured appendix, which contained an undetected tumor. Captain Hansen refuted the allegations against him, stating the responsibility lay with the production company and the medical subcontractor.

In 2023, the Hansen family continued to pursue legal and medical payments related to Mavar’s injuries. These disputes clouded his final years with legal complexities.

Post-Show Life and Legacy

Mavar’s post-show life saw him captaining his salmon boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska. His passion for fishing remained a constant even after leaving the high-seas adventure of Deadliest Catch.

Though legal battles marred his latter years, Mavar remained a respected figure in the fishing community.

His work on the F/V Northwestern and contributions to Deadliest Catch left an indelible mark on the show’s legacy.

Nick Mavar's passing at 59 brings an end to a tumultuous yet impactful life. He will be remembered for both his on-screen grit and off-screen struggles.

Mavar, a beloved deckhand on Deadliest Catch, has died at 59 following a medical emergency. His death was confirmed by the police, and details remain under investigation.

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