‘Deadliest Catch’ star Nick Mavar dies aged 59 following ‘medical emergency’

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Nick Mavar - the star of the popular reality show Deadliest Catch - has tragically passed away at the age of 59.

Mavar suffered a medical emergency while in Naknek, according to the Police Chief of the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department speaking to Deadline.

Screenshot 2024-06-15 at 09.59.31.jpgThe Deadliest Catch legend has sadly died aged 59. Credit: Facebook/Nick Mavar

The reality TV star was promptly transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to natural causes, the chief confirmed.

Originally from Croatia, Mavar rose to prominence as a deckhand aboard the F/V Northwestern, gaining widespread recognition for his appearances on the Discovery Channel's enduring series that chronicles the perilous exploits of commercial crab fishermen.

His journey began in 2005, marking his debut in the inaugural episode of Deadliest Catch, where he served as a trusted right hand to Captain Sig Hansen aboard the Northwestern. Over the course of 16 years, Mavar featured in 98 episodes of the show, showcasing the harsh realities and challenges faced by the crew in the tumultuous waters.

In addition to his role on Deadliest Catch, Mavar also appeared in spinoff series such as Deadliest Catch: Siberian Winter and Deadliest Catch: The Bait, further solidifying his place in the beloved franchise.

His tenure on the show came to an abrupt end in December 2020 when he experienced a severe medical crisis onboard the Northwestern.


During filming, Mavar's appendix ruptured, a critical incident documented on the series. Subsequent medical examinations revealed a cancerous tumor within his appendix, leading to a diagnosis that prevented his return to the show.

His final appearance aired during season 17.

Following the medical emergency, Mavar took legal action against the owners of the Northwestern, including Sig Hansen and his wife, alleging inadequate medical care during the pandemic.

Screenshot 2024-06-15 at 09.58.33.jpgNick Mavar on Deadliest Catch. Credit: Discovery/YouTube

This legal battle underscored broader issues around crew safety and medical protocols onboard commercial fishing vessels featured on the show.

Mavar's passing marks another somber moment for the Deadliest Catch community and fanbase, following the deaths of fellow cast members Mahlon Reyes and Nick McGlashan in 2020.

Mavar's nephew, Jake Anderson - also part of the show's legacy - continues to honor the family's maritime tradition, progressing from a greenhorn on the Northwestern to eventually captaining the Saga.

Nick Mavar's contributions to Deadliest Catch and his enduring legacy within the fishing industry will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.

Our thoughts go out to Mavar's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Facebook/Nick Mavar

‘Deadliest Catch’ star Nick Mavar dies aged 59 following ‘medical emergency’

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Nick Mavar - the star of the popular reality show Deadliest Catch - has tragically passed away at the age of 59.

Mavar suffered a medical emergency while in Naknek, according to the Police Chief of the Bristol Bay Borough Police Department speaking to Deadline.

Screenshot 2024-06-15 at 09.59.31.jpgThe Deadliest Catch legend has sadly died aged 59. Credit: Facebook/Nick Mavar

The reality TV star was promptly transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to natural causes, the chief confirmed.

Originally from Croatia, Mavar rose to prominence as a deckhand aboard the F/V Northwestern, gaining widespread recognition for his appearances on the Discovery Channel's enduring series that chronicles the perilous exploits of commercial crab fishermen.

His journey began in 2005, marking his debut in the inaugural episode of Deadliest Catch, where he served as a trusted right hand to Captain Sig Hansen aboard the Northwestern. Over the course of 16 years, Mavar featured in 98 episodes of the show, showcasing the harsh realities and challenges faced by the crew in the tumultuous waters.

In addition to his role on Deadliest Catch, Mavar also appeared in spinoff series such as Deadliest Catch: Siberian Winter and Deadliest Catch: The Bait, further solidifying his place in the beloved franchise.

His tenure on the show came to an abrupt end in December 2020 when he experienced a severe medical crisis onboard the Northwestern.


During filming, Mavar's appendix ruptured, a critical incident documented on the series. Subsequent medical examinations revealed a cancerous tumor within his appendix, leading to a diagnosis that prevented his return to the show.

His final appearance aired during season 17.

Following the medical emergency, Mavar took legal action against the owners of the Northwestern, including Sig Hansen and his wife, alleging inadequate medical care during the pandemic.

Screenshot 2024-06-15 at 09.58.33.jpgNick Mavar on Deadliest Catch. Credit: Discovery/YouTube

This legal battle underscored broader issues around crew safety and medical protocols onboard commercial fishing vessels featured on the show.

Mavar's passing marks another somber moment for the Deadliest Catch community and fanbase, following the deaths of fellow cast members Mahlon Reyes and Nick McGlashan in 2020.

Mavar's nephew, Jake Anderson - also part of the show's legacy - continues to honor the family's maritime tradition, progressing from a greenhorn on the Northwestern to eventually captaining the Saga.

Nick Mavar's contributions to Deadliest Catch and his enduring legacy within the fishing industry will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.

Our thoughts go out to Mavar's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Facebook/Nick Mavar