'Deadliest Catch' star Mahlon Reyes' cause of death revealed as accidental drug overdose

Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY
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"Deadliest Catch" star Mahlon Reyes' cause of death has been revealed.

Reyes, a deckhand on the Discovery Channel's reality show, died of acute cocaine intoxication on July 27, the coroner and sheriff at the Flathead County Sheriff's Office Brian Heino confirmed to USA TODAY on Wednesday.

According to Heino, the manner of the death was ruled as being accidental.

He was 38 and is survived by his wife and four children.

Reyes' wife, Heather Sullivan, told USA TODAY over email her family is recalling fond memories of Reyes to make the "impossible situation bearable."

"We laugh and remember all the funny stories and have been surrounded by an amazing group of our best friends and family," Sullivan wrote. "I am in awe of the people that he touched just by his positive attitude and smile."

"He was my rock and I was his," she continued.

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Confirmation of Reyes' cause of death comes a week after co-star Nick McGlashan was found dead at the age of 33.

McGlashan paid respects on Twitter at that time with a photo of Reyes on deck.

"This place misses you," McGlashan wrote. "RIP Mahlon."

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Friends and family paid tribute on a memorial Facebook page that said the popular reality show crew member died July 27 — a day after he was rushed to North Valley Montana Hospital in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana.

Sullivan said that Reyes was cremated, and his best friends will spread his ashes in the Bering Sea and in Montana's Swan Range mountains "where he and his brother would snowcat. These are two of his favorite places."

Reyes appeared on 14 "Deadliest Catch" episodes since 2012 while working on two crabbing boats in the Bering Sea – the Seabrooke and Cape Caution.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) any time of day or night.

Contributing: Bryan Alexander

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