‘Deadliest Catch’ Deckhand Mahlon Reyes Cause of Death Revealed

by Thad Mitchell

The unexpected death of Mahlon Reyes, a deckhand on television show “Deadliest Catch,” now has some clarity.

Reyes, only 38-years-old, reportedly suffered a massive heart attack in July of 2020. Rumors immediately began circulating regarding Reyes’ sudden death and the events leading up to his passing. How does a seemingly healthy 38-year-old suddenly pass away from a massive heart attack is the question everyone is asking. Now, it appears there are some answers to that question, according to TMZ.

Reports say the crab fish boat deckhand died of a drug overdose brought by use of a powerful stimulant.

According to Flathead County, Montana, sheriff and coroner Brian Heino, the cause of Reyes’ death is acute cocaine intoxication. The sheriff and coroner also say his death is an accident.

Mahlon Reyes Dies of Cocaine Overdose

The long-time boat deckhand died in Whitefish, Montana, over the summer after suffering a massive heart attack. He initially survived the heart attack and was taken to a hospital where he was placed on life support and never regained consciousness. His wife told TMZ that the family made the decision to take him off of life support after a short hospital stay. She also says his death came as a complete shock to the family as he had no known health ailments. His family was there at the time of his passing.

His death came as he was attempting to recover from a torn Achilles injury he suffered while on a crabbing expedition. Reports say Reyes was working extremely hard to rehab the injury in an attempt to return to Alaska for another crab season. The experienced deckhand was known for working on two different Deadliest Catch boats. The Seabrooke and Cape Caution are the crabbing boats he served on during his time on the show.

Reports say the deckhand was cremated and his Deadliest Catch mates spread his ashes in the Bering Sea.