Mahlon Reyes, a deckhand who appeared in 14 episodes of “Deadliest Catch” since 2012, has passed away at age 38.
Over the weekend, Reyes’ wife Heather Sullivan told TMZ that her husband passed away in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana, after he suffered a heart attack the previous Saturday.
While hospitalized at the North Valley Montana Hospital, Reyes never regained consciousness and was taken off life support the next day. During his final moments, Reyes was surrounded by loved ones.
The Discovery Channel also confirmed the “very sad news” to “E! News,” saying in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers go to his family.”
The family told TMZ that Reyes did not have any pre-existing health conditions that they knew of other than a recently torn Achilles’ heel, which he suffered while crabbing.
Sullivan says her husband has been cremated and that his “Deadliest Catch” co-stars will spread some of his ashes in the Bering Sea.
The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office says Reyes’ official cause of death has not yet been determined, as they are awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.
Sullivan also told USA Today via email that she and her family are recalling happy memories of Reyes to make the “impossible situation bearable.”
“We laugh and remember all the funny stories and have been surrounded by an amazing group of our best friends and family,” Sullivan wrote. “I am in awe of the people that he touched just by his positive attitude and smile.
“He was my rock and I was his,” she added.
Last week, a GoFundMe was set up to help Sullivan with expenses arising from Reyes’ passing.
“This sweet family lost a dad and husband unexpectedly. It’s been such a tragedy and anything would help even if it’s a simple share or a prayer,” organizer Chantel Gann wrote. “Please help them grieve in a time of need.”
As of this writing, the page has raised over $14,000.
In addition to his wife, Reyes is survived by his four children. He will be missed.