Nick Mavar death: Deadliest Catch star dies aged 59 - what was his cause of death?

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Nick Mavar starred in nearly 100 episodes of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch.

A popular member of the hit extreme reality series Deadliest Catch has died. Nick Mavar, who had appeared in 98 episodes of the Discovery Channel show, was found dead at the age of 59.

Mavar was best known for being a deckhand on the FV Northwestern, which is the only ship to have featured in all 20 seasons of Deadliest Catch. He was found by police at a boat yard in Naknek, Alaska on Thursday (13 June), his family have been notified.

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Deadliest Catch star Nick Mavar has died aged 59. Photo: Nick Mavar/ FacebookDeadliest Catch star Nick Mavar has died aged 59. Photo: Nick Mavar/ Facebook
Deadliest Catch star Nick Mavar has died aged 59. Photo: Nick Mavar/ Facebook | Nick Mavar/ Facebook

Variety report that Mavar exited Deadliest Catch in 2020 after 17 seasons after his appendix ruptured while filming, which revealed a cancerous tumor. He had also appeared in several spin-offs on Discovery Channel including Deadliest Catch: Legends Born & Broken and Deadliest Catch: Evolution of Danger”.

After his exit from the show, Mavar filled a $1 million lawsuit against Northwestern captain Sig Hansen over “failure to have an adequate plan in place” for a medical emergency while strict Covid-19 restrictions were in place but the suit would later be re-aimed at Deadliest Catch’s production company.

Is Nick Mavar’s cause of death known?

The Deadliest Catch star died of natural causes, the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department in Alaska told Variety. Mavar is survived by his wife Julia.

Nine years prior to his exit from the show, Mavar was the victim of an earlier accident on the Northwestern during filming for Deadliest Catch. He was struck in the face by a hook, which came loose during an aggressive storm, and suffered a broken nose.

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