‘Deadliest Catch’ Cast Finds Out About Nick McGlashan’s Death in Emotional Teaser

by Matthew Wilson

The cast and crew of “Deadliest Catch” are reflecting on Nick McGlashan’s death in an emotional upcoming clip for Tuesday’s episode (June 15).

In a clip published by People Magazine, the crew learns of Nick McGlashan’s death. The deckhand’s untimely passing affects each of the cast in their own way. But the “Deadliest Catch” stars are shocked to lose one of their own so suddenly. You can watch the video by going here.

For instance, Captain Johnathan Hillstrand struggles to find the appropriate words. The sea captain is used to the dangers of the sea. But the randomness of McGlashan’s death at home shocks him. Hillstrand says, “Wow. [Just] like that, Nick’s gone.”

McGlashan passed away last December. But given how far the show films in advance, “Deadliest Catch” is just catching up to the deckhand’s death. During the video, Captain Sig Hansen also reacts to Nick McGlashan’s death as well. Hansen’s heart goes out to fellow captain Bill Wichrowski.

“I’ve got text messages and words going around that Nick McGlashan passed away. Nick was a part of Summer Bay and pretty much every boat Bill [Wichrowski]’s been running lately. Bill, you know, treated him as family,” Captain Sig Hansen says in the video. “I couldn’t imagine what he’s going through right now, but hopefully Bill will make this season happen, assuming he even comes up at all. I don’t know the status and where Bill’s head is at.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ Reacts to Nick McGlashan’s Death

While the Bering Strait is a cruel mistress, Nick McGlashan’s death happened far away from Alaskan. The 33-year-old was in Nashville, Tennessee, where he met up with friends. But on December 28, McGlashan passed away from a drug overdose.

According to an autopsy, the “Deadliest Catch” star had a “toxic mix of methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl” in his system. On December 27, a bystander found McGlashan in a hotel bathroom. At the time, the deckhand was unresponsive. Additionally, authorities found drug paraphernalia in the room as well. Emergency services tried to revive the “Deadliest Catch” star but he passed away.

McGlashan was in a long line of fishermen. His great-uncle had been one of the influential figures in the crabbing industry. McGlashan was a seventh-generation fisherman, who appeared on the show for seven seasons. In total, he appeared on 78 episodes of “Deadliest Catch.”

Discovery offered, “our deepest sympathy goes out to Nick’s loved ones during this difficult time.”

Viewers can catch the newest episode on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Discovery. The episode will deal with the fallout from McGlashan’s death.