Reality TV Star Found Dead at 38: New Details Revealed on What Was Found on Him

By Jack Phillips

More details were revealed about the death of “Deadliest Catch” star Blake Painter, according to reports this week.

Heroin and methamphetamine were allegedly found at the scene of his death, TMZ reported, citing the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon.

A concerned friend of the former “Deadliest Catch” captain went to check on him, discovering him lying on the floor in his living room. He called the police, TMZ reported.

The officer who entered the room then smelled “the odor of decaying flesh,” discovering him lying on his side. His face, back, and stomach were colored blue, the report stated.

A bottle with the painkiller Tramadol was found on the couch. A pipe, tinfoil, and an Altoids tin were found at the scene. Police said that the tin contained heroin and methamphetamine.

A small pipe was found in his shorts, the medical examiner said.

“On the table, I located a straw or pipe, tinfoil with brown residue and a small Altoids container,” the examiner report said, according to People magazine. “Inside the Altoids container was a black substance wrapped in a tan colored plastic ad white crystal substance in a small baggy.”

“It appeared he had been dead for several days,” added the report.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin told Deadline that there were no signs of foul play or suspicious circumstances.

“He was located on Friday but probably passed away a day or two ahead of that,” Bergin said. “Friends contacted the Sheriff’s office, and we went in and discovered his body. There was no evidence of foul play.”

No cause of death has been revealed, pending the results of an autopsy.

“He had some issues and hopefully we’ll be able to find out more in the weeks to come,” Bergin added, according to The Daily Astorian.

Prior to his death, Painter had two pending cases involving drug-related charges, the paper reported. He was arrested in January for possession of heroin, tampering with evidence, driving while under the influence, and reckless driving. An Astoria police officer reportedly spotted Painter smoking heroin while driving and when he pulled him over, Painter allegedly tried to dispose of the evidence.

The Discovery Channel stated: “We are saddened by his death and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” Fox News reported.

In 2015, “Deadliest Catch” star Tony Lara died at age 50 due to a heart attack.

Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.


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