'Deadliest Catch' Deckhand Mahlon Reyes Dies at 38

August 2, 2020

Mahlon Reyes, a deckhand on the Discovery Channel's reality show "Deadliest Catch, has died at the age of 38.

Today confirmed the news as tributes were posted online by his co-stars and family.

According to a post on a memorial Facebook page run by his wife, Heather Sullivan, Reyes suffered a heart attack on Saturday, July 26.

"When paramedics reached him he was not breathing and had no pulse. The doctors, nurses and team at North Valley Hospital worked so hard to get him back and after 45 minutes they were able to get his pulse back," she wrote.

Sullivan shared that her husband was transferred to the intensive care unit, but "there was too much time without oxygen, causing irreversible brain damage."

"On Sunday night our family together made the hardest choice we've ever made and that was to remove him from life support," she added.

Reyes passed away shortly after midnight on July 27.

His wife said that his body was tired and he had put up a fight. She said her husband was the strongest guy that she knew.

The crab fisherman appeared on the reality show in 2012. Nick McGlashan, the deck boss for the show, shared a picture of him and Reyes.

"This place misses you. RIP Mahlon," McGlashan wrote on Twitter.

Reyes is survived by his four children and wife. His family is planning a celebration for life for August 31, the day he would have turned 39.

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