‘Deadliest Catch’ captain Tony Lara dead at 50

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Tony Lara. Courtesy: Discovery Channel

STURGIS, S.D. — Tony Lara, who appeared as a ship captain on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” died during a motorcycle rally in South Dakota on Saturday, authorities confirmed.

Lara died at a private home in his sleep, according to Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin. He was 50.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Monday, according to the Rapid City Journal.

According to Lara’s bio on the Discovery Channel website, he was the captain of the Cornelia Marie. He worked on the boat for 10 years in the 1990s and was a close friend of Phil Harris, the former captain of the Cornelia Marie who died in 2010.