Nick Mavar, Veteran of 'Deadliest Catch,' Dies at 59 After Medical Emergency

Nick Mavar's final days marked by legal battle.

by Nouman Rasool
Nick Mavar, Veteran of 'Deadliest Catch,' Dies at 59 After Medical Emergency
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Nick Mavar, the F/V Northwestern deckhand and famous star of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," has died at 59 years old due to a medical crisis. He died June 13 after emergency services in Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska, received a call for help.

Throughout prolonged efforts to save his life, he was rushed to Camai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time after arrival. Mavar appeared on "Deadliest Catch" from 2005 to 2021; his exploits on the show captivated viewers over 98 episodes.

The documentary series, in its turn, covers the problematic, extremely deadly activity of Bering Sea king crab fishermen. It earned him considerable visibility. He has also appeared in several spin-offs, such as "Deadliest Catch: Siberian Winter" and "Deadliest Catch: The Bai".Nick'ss Tragic Health Crisis While with the show, there was a significant health scare when, in December 2020, an appendix ruptured while on a voyage.

It was actions that were heavily documented on the show that developed into a life-threatening complication. Mavar later sued the boat's owners, Sig Hansen and his wife, June, where he claimed that it was because of the pandemic that resulted in a delay in receiving medical treatment that made his condition worse.

The lawsuit also highlighted a cancerous tumor found within the ruptured appendix, for which Mavar sought $1 million in damages. In a twist of events, the boat's owners retaliated with their lawsuit against the production company of"Deadliest Catch" and Trifecta Solutions LLC, the subcontractor responsible for onboard medical care.

They claimed that the parties involved had mismanaged COVID-19 protocols and failed to provide adequate medical services, contributing to Mavar's health issues. The community of "Deadliest Catch" is no stranger to tragedy, having lost other members like Mahlon Reyes and Nick McGlashan in 2020, who died from a heart attack and drug overdose, respectively.

Mavar'ss death adds another layer of loss to the tight-knit group. Off-screen, Mavar was known for his enduring passion for fishing, last seen captaining his salmon boat in Alaska's Bristol Bay. His life, marked by both adventure and adversity, leaves a lasting legacy in the world of crab fishing and reality television.

As the investigation into his untimely death continues, many remember him not only for his television persona but for his contribution to the fishing community at large.