'Deadliest Catch' star Blake Painter dead at 38

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Blake Painter was reportedly found dead inside his OR home on Friday, May 25.

A friend of his had called the police, having become anxious because he had not had contact with Painter for days on end.

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Police had not yet released Painter's cause of death, though TMZ reported that "substances" found inside his OR home were being sent for testing and that an autopsy and toxicology test would be done.

Painter, 38, was found dead Friday by a friend who became concerned after not seeing him for several days, Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin told USA TODAY.

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The police officers obtained entry to Painter's house and determined when the body was found that he had been dead for several days. An autopsy and toxicology report will be done to determine the official cause of death. Painter was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of heroin, tampering with physical evidence and reckless driving. A crab fisherman, Painter was the captain of the F/V Maverick on the show.

This isn't the first time that a star of Deadliest Catch has passed away.

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