Nick McGlashan, ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star, Dies at 33

by Kayla Zadel

“Deadliest Catch” star Nick McGlashan has died. He was 33 years-old.

McGlashan’s family and medical examiner have confirmed his death, according to TMZ. He passed Sunday, December 27 in Nashville, but the cause of death has yet to come to light.

The reality star rose to fame on The Discovery Channel TV show, “Deadliest Catch.” Nick McGlashan appeared on the show from 2013 to 2020 in 78 episodes.

McGlashan was a key figure on the reality show. He had the “never give up” attitude on Wild Bill’s crew.

“A few of my favorite people,” McGlashan writes about his co-workers in this post.

In the video below, we see the crabber get injured while at sea during one of the 2019 episodes of “Deadliest Catch.”

Nick McGlashan Came from Crabbing Background

He was a seventh-generation fisherman that started crab-trapping at the age of 13. McGlashan cut his teeth at Cape Caution and then moved up to the Summer Bay.

His great uncle worked on the first boat in the U.S. crab industry. As a matter of act, even two of McGlashan’s aunts were crabbers. One was lost at sea after a sinking boat tragedy.

Nick McGlashan struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He was suspended from “Deadliest Catch” during season 13 and went to rehab for help. Reports say that he was shooting up meth and heroin while drinking a half-gallon of vodka every day.

This is the last post the reality star shared on his Instagram account. The caption reads, “Be a sunrise in someone’s life today.”

McGlashan’s Words on Addiction

McGlashan’s battle with addiction was well-documented, in part because of his openness about struggling. Being vocal about his issues was something he didn’t shy from, evidenced in the article he penned for The Chosen.

While a optimistic, forward-thinking look at his battle, it is devastating to read in retrospect.

“My life went from Bering Sea badass to full blown junkie very rapidly,” McGlashan wrote. “Hidden from me was that passion I had for life. Taken from me was my ability to live. I was at war with my addiction and it was winning.”

The angler wrote at length on his addiction, and also tried to focus on the positives.

“Not using has become a by-product of my new life that I’m building on that solid rock bottom I was at less than six months ago,” McGlashan wrote. “When I look at my life and feel at peace with the changes I’ve made, that’s recovery.”