Tony Lara from Discovery’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ dies at 50

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STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man who has appeared as a ship captain on the Discovery Channel television program “Deadliest Catch” has died in Sturgis, South Dakota, during its famous motorcycle rally.

Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin says he’s waiting on autopsy results to help determine the cause of 50-year-old Tony Lara’s death.

The sheriff says Lara died early Saturday morning at a private residence in Sturgis.

A message at a phone number associated with Lara wasn’t immediately returned.

A post on the Discovery website describes Lara as a veteran crab catcher. He appeared on the show at the helm of a boat called the Cornelia Marie.

Yesterday we lost a member of the Catch Family. May you RIP Captain Tony Lara. We know that you are up in heaven watching over the Cornelia Marie and rest of the Bering Sea fleet. http://dsc.tv/QFKDA

Posted by Deadliest Catch on Sunday, August 9, 2015

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