Nick Mavar Dies: Star of ‘Deadliest Catch’ is No More


According to Variety, Nick Mavar, a deckhand on Discovery Channel’s extreme fishing reality series “Deadliest Catch,” passed away on June 13 from natural causes. He was fifty-nine years old. In a boat yard in Naknek, Alabama, police discovered Mavar deceased on Thursday. We’ve informed his relatives.

Nick Mavar Dies at 59:

Over 15 years, Nick Mavar Jr., a deckhand on the F/V Northwestern featured on the television series “Deadliest Catch,” passed away. His age was fifty-nine.

Mavar passed away in Naknek, Alaska, on Thursday after suffering a medical emergency, Chief Jeff Elbie of the Bristol Bay Borough Police said Channel Friday. Elbie said the longtime fisherman, whose formal name was Nickola Mavar Jr., was declared dead after being taken to a hospital.

Channel has contacted representatives from Discovery and the F/V Northwestern for comments.

F/V Northwestern Captain Sig Hansen told Channel on Friday, “I have known Nick Mavar for my whole fishing career; he has worked on our family boat for over 25 years. He was a crew member, close buddy, and right-hand guy.”

“The news of Nick Mavar’s passing went around the fishing community like wildfire,” he said. This is hardly surprising given how well-known and revered he was within the fishing fleet.”

Nick Mavar: Who Is He?

Mavar starred in sixteen seasons of the Discovery Channel series “Deadliest Catch,” which debuted in 2005. Season 17 aired in 2021 and was Mavar’s final performance on the Emmy-nominated show, fifteen years after his debut in Season 2.

In its twentieth season, entertainer “Deadliest Catch” follows Alaskan crab fishermen as they persistently risk their lives while on Bering Sea missions.

Mavar sued F/V Northwestern, LLC, his employer, in December 2022, claiming he was “seriously and permanently injured” after experiencing an appendix rupture while on board the ship “following a period of repeated reports of pain and discomfort.”

Mavar said his employer was irresponsible for neglecting to seek prompt medical attention, which may have avoided the rupture. He then claimed that an internal “cancerous tumor” was developing within his appendix. According to King County Superior Court documents, a trial is set for April 2025.

The F/V Northwestern sued “Deadliest Catch’s” production company several months after Mavar filed, claiming that the firm had neglected to provide proper medical treatment and that the vessel had not followed COVID-19 regulations.

In a June 2023 filing, the production company rejected “any liability and denies that it acted negligently or contributed to any injury Mavar may have suffered that is or becomes the subject of this action.” The firm also urged the court to dismiss the lawsuit.

Although the judge decided to halt the lawsuit while Mavar’s case in Washington is resolved, the matter is still pending.

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