Once they entered his residence they determined that he had been dead for several days.
TMZ added no foul play is suspected, and an autopsy and toxicology test will be performed to determine the cause. He previously had surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome and suffered from what is known among fisherman as "the claw", where he woke up with "his hands clamped closed and pain screaming up to his elbows", according to a 2013 interview with Seattle Weekly.More news: Kesha has counterclaim against Dr Luke rejected by courts
Discovery Channel has not yet released a statement.
Police allegedly saw Painter smoking heroin while driving.
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At the time, he was also charged with unlawful possession of heroin, tampering with physical evidence, and reckless driving. The show has won 16 Emmys.
Painter, an expert crab fisherman, first turned up on Deadliest Catch during season 2 and opted to leave the series several episodes into the third season.
Bergin said his county, located on the coast west of Portland near the Washington state border, is rich in natural resources, thus attracting reality-TV productions such as Deadliest Catch and Ax Men, which followed logging crews in the local forests.More news: At Rally in Nashville, Trump Links Democrats to MS-13