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Fishing boat captain and star of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch Phil Harris has died after suffering from a stroke last month, the network announced. He was 53.

"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," sons Josh and Jake Harris said in a statement released by the network on Tuesday. "For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down."

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Harris suffered a stroke during a fishing trip on a vessel named Cornelia Marie at the end of January. He died on Tuesday.

Harris' popular reality series, which filmed five seasons, follows the captain's adventures working in the crab and fishing industry in the dangerous waters off the Alaskan coast.