‘Deadliest Catch’: Sig Hansen Opened Up on Being ’10 Minutes’ Away from Death

by Taylor Cunningham

Back in 2018, Deadliest Catch‘s Sig Hansen had a health emergency that nearly ended his life.

During a season 15 episode of Deadliest Catch, Sig Hansen told the world that he suffered a heart attack while on break from filming. But he didn’t say anything else about the health scare. So Entertainment Weekly asked him to elaborate during an interview a few months later.

While he was chatting, he didn’t say much more about the heart attack—other than the fact that it happened in October of 2016. But he did say that he had a second attack in 2018. And it wasn’t the worst thing that happen to him that day.

The 2018 event sounds like a terrifying scene straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster. The Deadliest Catch captain was taking a round of antibiotics for a sinus infection that developed while he was working in Norway. And apparently, Sig was allergic to the medication. But he didn’t find out until he and his wife were driving on the interstate and his whole body—including his airways—began to swell.

It was so bad that Sig didn’t have time to pull over. So as he “kept driving 100 miles an hour” along the interstate, Sig’s wife, June, called 9-1-1 to tell them they were on the way. Once he pulled up, the nurses were waiting with an EpiPen. And according to them, he almost showed up at the ER too late.

“The nurse said I probably had less than 10 minutes [to live],” he shared.

But while the EpiPen saved his life, it caused him to suffer a second heart attack.

“My body went into a shock,” Sig recalled. “I grabbed my chest and said, ‘I’m in pain.’ They checked my blood levels and said, ‘Jesus Christ, you are having a heart attack.’ The allergic reaction brought on a heart attack, so I went through that baloney again.

Sig Hansen’s Doctors Caught the ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Smoking in the Hospital

When Entertainment Weekly asked Captain Sig Hansen about the sinus infection that led to the heart attack, he had a whole other story to tell. But luckily, that one isn’t as frightening.

When Sig was dealing with the symptoms of the sinus infection, the pain spread to his ears. So he asked a dentist to give him some antibiotics. But the dentist thought the infection looked serious, so he sent Sig to a local hospital.

“They found out things weren’t so hunky-dory, so they put in a stent,” he said.

So Sig had to be admitted for a few days. And while he was there, he couldn’t resist the urge for a cigarette.

“And at the same time, I got busted for smoking in the hospital,” sig confessed. “I snuck around and they had a bunch of people watching me. And they said, ‘You know, you aren’t supposed to do that.'”