Justin Tennison of Deadliest Catch was found dead
Justin Tennison, an engineer on the Deadliest Catch boat Time Bandit was found dead yesterday in a hotel room.
Drugs and alcohol may have been a factor. Police found several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator and a small amount of marijuana was discovered. They believe a party went down in the room the night before and are investigating.
Police got a call around 1pm Tuesday from the Best Western Bidarka Inn in Homer, Alaska about a deceased man in a room. When police arrived they found Justin Tennison laying in the bed, dead. He was only 34 years old. (TMZ is reporting he was 33, but Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit says 34, so that’s good enough for me.)
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Time Bandit captain Andy Hillstrand posted on his Facebook page:
“It is with great sadness that the Time Bandit family announces the death of crew member, Justin Tennison. Justin died peacefully in his sleep the night of February 21, 2011.
Justin fished commercially for many years, living in Alaska for 28 years. He worked on the Time Bandit, alongside his second cousin, Eddie Uwekoolani, Jr., serving as Engineer during the tendering seasons, and joined the Time Bandit crew as a deckhand fishing the Red King 2010 and Opilio 2011 seasons.
Justin was tough as a bull and was an all-around good hand. The Captains and Crew appreciated his hard work and many contributions this past year. We will miss him terribly and wish his family all the best during this most difficult time.
Justin is survived by a son, daughter, sister, father and grandparents. He was 34 years old.”
I live in the Seattle area, and let me tell you guys, those fisherman LOVE to party. I used to bartend not far from the Ballard Fisherman’s Terminal. Ballard is where many of the guys on Deadliest Catch are from. Anyhow, every time the fisherman would come home from a long trip those guys would party their asses OFF. I’m not even kidding. Shots, coke, weed, more shots, you name it. If it was there they were doing it. Work hard, play hard. A fisherman’s motto, no doubt.
Condolences for the the family and friends of Justin Tennison. 34 is WAY too young to die.