Fans around the world are saddened by the news that the Captain of the ship Cornelia Marie has died. Here are the details.


Captain Tony Lara died Saturday at age 50 in Sturgis, S.D. The captain appeared on Discovery's Deadliest Catch at the helm of a boat called the Cornelia Marie. According to, Lara was in South Dakota for its annual motorcycle rally when he died over the weekend in a private home. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin is awaiting autopsy results to determine his cause of death.

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A veteran crabber who once ran his own freighting business and first worked on the Cornelia Marie in the 1990s, Lara was also a close friend of captain Phil Harris, who died on Feb. 9, 2010 at age 53.
No word on how The Discovery Channel or Deadliest Catch will handle the news in the show.