Deadliest Catch Deck Boss Nick McGlashan Dead at 33

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Deadliest Catch Deck Boss Nick McGlashan Dead at 33

Deadliest Catch Deck Boss Nick McGlashan Dead at 33: Report

Nick McGlashan has appeared on The Discovery Channel documentary series since 2013

Deadliest Catch star Nick McGlashan has died. He was 33.

McGlashan, who worked as deck boss on the Discovery series, died on Sunday in Nashville, according to TMZ, which first reported the news. The cause of death is currently unknown.

McGlashan appeared on 78 episodes of Deadliest Catch, starting in 2013.

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to Nick’s loved ones during this difficult time," a spokesperson for Discovery tells PEOPLE. "Nick came from a long line of crabbers and was known for his great depth of knowledge. He also had a sharp sense of humor even in the most difficult conditions. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him."

His sister confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "My brother nick passed away. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Please hold your loved ones tight."

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Several also fans reacted to the news on Monday morning, grieving the loss.

"RIP Nick McGlashan... This guy was immense on #DeadliestCatch and I send my condolences to Bill, all the crew of the Summer Bay and all the family and friends of Nick. Rip Nick," one fan wrote.

Another added, "My heart is broken. Nick McGlashan was one of my favorite guys on @DeadliestCatch & as strange as it is, all the guys felt like family. We watched them grow & fall & grow again & I’m honored to have followed his life. You will be missed@NickMcglashan Much love to the DC family."

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According to his bio on Discovery Go, McGlashan was a 7th generation fisherman, raised on the island of Akutan, Alaska, not far from Dutch Harbor — the base of operations on Deadliest Catch.

McGlashan was named after his great uncle, who "worked on the first boat rumored to have pioneered the U.S. crab industry, the Deep Sea, built in 1947."

The deck boss first began crabbing when he was 13-years-old, joining his family on his dad's boat, the Westling, which they took out on the Bering Sea.

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McGlashan's father, Bruce, and Wild Bill had been longtime friends, so McGlashan started working for him on the Kodiak in 2011. After quickly earning Bill's respect, McGlashan was appointed to head the crew on Cape Caution and later Summer Bay.

"Nick is known for his witty quips, working through the pain, and not stopping the job until it's done. He has also kept the boat running through all kinds of mechanical issues, manufacturing quick fixes on the fly," his Discovery bio reads. "Nick has a wealth of fishing experience and, according to Captain Bill, is the epitome of a true crabber."

However, McGlashan struggled with alcohol and drug addiction in the past, which got him suspended from season 13. He eventually went to rehab and had "battled endlessly to stay sober and embrace a new sober lifestyle and is now so committed to his recovery that he inspires others in their own."

Deadliest Catch has a history of tragedy, with several cast members dying over the years. In August, the show lost deckhand Mahlon Reyes, who was 38 at the time.