‘Deadliest Catch’: How Will Nick McGlashan’s Death Impact the Rest of the Current Season?

by Jennifer Shea
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After Nick McGlashan’s death of a drug overdose in December, the “Deadliest Catch” cast and crew seemed confused about what to do next.

McGlashan, 33, died in a Nashville hotel on Dec. 27. An autopsy report revealed a toxic amount of methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl in his system.

The “Deadliest Catch” star had wrestled with drug and alcohol addiction. He even went to rehab during the 13th season of the show. But apparently, it didn’t take. And then McGlashan turned up dead in the hotel bathroom surrounded by drug paraphernalia on that December day.

Recent Episode Mourned Nick McGlashan’s Death

Meanwhile, in this week’s episode of “Deadliest Catch,” the show’s cast and crew paid tribute to McGlashan and mourned his loss.

According to a sneak peek reported by People, the cast and crew shared the news of McGlashan’s death and processed it together.

First, one of the crew members revealed that they had “got the weirdest text” telling them that McGlashan was dead. It was a “huge loss,” the crew member said, while colleagues expressed shock.

“Wow,” Captain Johnathan Hillstrand said. “[Just] like that, Nick’s gone.”

“I’ve got text messages and words going around that Nick McGlashan passed away,” Captain Sig Hansen said. “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.”

As for what they’d do next, all eyes were apparently on Bill Wichrowski.

“I couldn’t imagine what he’s going through right now, but hopefully Bill will make this season happen,” Hansen added. “Assuming he even comes up at all. I don’t know the status and where Bill’s head is at.”

Fishing Had Been in McGlashan’s Family for Generations

McGlashan grew up in Akutan, Alaska as a seventh-generation fisherman. He was named for his great uncle Nick McGlashan, according to his Discovery bio. His great uncle was a fisherman who worked on the boat rumored to have pioneered the U.S. crab industry. Further, McGlashan began crabbing at age 13 on the first boat of his father Bruce, who is good friends with Wild Bill.

McGlashan became known for rigging quick fixes to boats and for his quick wit. In fact, Bill has called him a true crabber.

Moreover, after his stint in rehab, McGlashan had reportedly really taken to his new sober lifestyle. He also seemed, at least publicly, to be committed to his recovery. Unfortunately, his decision to backslide cost him his life.

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