Deadliest Catch star Nick McGlashan 'dead at 33' after long battle with drug and alcohol addiction

DEADLIEST Catch star Nick McGlashan died on Sunday at 33.

The seventh-generation fisherman – who battled alcohol and drug addiction for years – passed away in Nashville.

Nick's cause of death is not yet known, TMZ reported. He is believed to have two children with his longtime girlfriend, Claire Hammond.

The reality star joined Deadliest Catch in 2013 and appeared as a deck boss on the Discovery Channel show in 78 episodes across seven years.

He posted about "trauma" in his final tweet before his death.

"Trauma be making me fall asleep randomly. It also wakes me up randomly. Navigate carefully," Nick wrote on December 10.

His costar and friend, Landon Cheney, posted an emotional tribute to his "brother" on Sunday, alongside a montage of photos of the pair.

Landon penned: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

“'Behold, I am making all things new.' Rest easy my brother  #gonebutnotforgotten #restinpeace #brothers."

Nick was suspended from part of season 13 of Deadliest Catch because of his substance abuse issues.

At the height of his addiction, Nick said he was drinking half a gallon of vodka and shooting up with one gram of meth and two grams of heroin in a single day. 

He went to rehab in September 2016 after overdosing three times and had been sober ever since.

Nick previously opened up about his addiction in an article for Chosen Magazine.

He said: “My life went from Bering Sea badass to full-blown junkie very rapidly. Hidden from me was that passion I had for life.

“Taken from me was my ability to live. I was at war with my addiction and it was winning.”

He added his “mind, body and spirit were so diseased” that he “welcomed [his] own death.”

Nick went on: “To say I was lost would be an understatement. I was broken and soulless. I was living without any hope of happiness. All I wanted was to stay loaded.

"Every bit of happiness stripped away by a powerful, cunning, and baffling disease.”

The Discovery Channel star explained he maintained his sobriety by living by a 12-step program, going to meetings, and working with a sponsor.

He said going to rehab was the "scariest thing" he'd ever done, but also the "best."

Nick's former Deadliest Catch costar Jake Harris has also spoken publicly about addiction.

Jake discussed his opiate addiction on the show and admitted he used to abuse pills while at sea, in a 2011 Dr Drew interview.

Nick started crabbing at the age of 13 and quickly rose up the ranks as a fisherman.

His great uncle worked on the first boat in the US' crabbing history and two of his aunts were crabbers – with one of them dying after their boat sank.

Nick's death comes after Deadliest Catch deckhand, Mahlon Reyes, died in August after suffering a heart attack.

Deadliest Catch follows crab fishermen aboard fishing boats in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and snow crab fishing seasons – with the title referring to the high risk of injury associated with that line of work.

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