Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie dies at 53

Deadliest Catch Captain Phil Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie passed away this week after suffering a stroke unloading his prized Alaskan crab. The Cornelia Marie had just docked up to port in Alaska when they began unloading their cash pot full of Crab when Captain Harris was struck by a sudden and unexpected stroke. Captain Harris was immediately rushed to the hospital where he underwent a twelve hour emergency surgery. After the surgery, doctors put Harris in a medically induced coma to reduce brain swelling. On February 3rd, (two days after the surgery), Captain Phil awoke from his coma and according to doctors showed some good signs of improvement. In classic Phil style he was grasping his families hands and barking his usual orders, (apparently telling the doctors and nurses to “don’t f*ck up”).  However this would turn out to be not enough as Captain Phil’s condition would soon take a sudden turn for the worse. Captain Phil died on February 10 in a hospital in Alaska due to unexpected complications.  He was only 53.  Jake and Josh, Captain Phil’s two surviving sons, who both serve as deck hands on the Cornelia Marie had this to say, “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad, Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end. For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down. We will remember and celebrate that strength. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.” R.I.P. Captain Phil, we hope there’s plenty of crab and pleasant seas in heaven.