'Deadliest Catch' crew member found dead in Alaska hotel


by Associated Press


Posted on February 23, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 24 at 6:45 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -  A member of a 'Deadliest Catch' has been found dead in an Alaska hotel room.

Police say 33-year-old Justin Tennison was found Tuesday afternoon in a hotel room in Homer. Tennison was a member of the Time Bandit, one of the fishing vessels on the popular Discovery Channel series.

Beer, hard liquor and a small amount of marijuana were found in the room, Homer police Lt. Randy Rosencrans said. Police believe a party was held in the room on Monday night -- two rooms were registered under Tennison's name and nearby guests complained about the noise.

The 33-year-old Tennison is set to make a posthumous debut in the series' seventh season, which is scheduled to begin in April, Discovery spokesman Josh Weinberg said.

"Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand," a statement posted on the Time Bandit's official website said.

Weinberg also released a statement, saying Discovery was saddened by the news.

"We send our sympathies to his entire family and fellow crew members during this most difficult time," the statement said.

A tribute to Tennison was published on the Time Bandit's Web page.

TMZ previously reported the death.