Tony Lara, a ship captain on the Discovery Channel’s show Deadliest Catch, died from a heart attack at age 50.
The preliminary autopsy results revealed the Cornelia Marie captain died of a heart attack in his sleep.
Tony Lara was in South Dakota attending the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, when it was discovered he had died in a private home.
Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said on Tuesday that the autopsy was completed on Monday, but authorities are still awaiting the toxicology report.
Merwin added there was no reason to believe that drugs were involved in Lara’s death.
Lara’s autopsy revealed scar tissue was discovered on Lara’s heart, which is a sign of a heart attack.
Discovery Channel and his fellow cast members continue to mourn Lara’s death.
“Yesterday we lost a member of the Catch Family,” Deadliest Catch’s official Twitter handle wrote on Aug. 9. “May you RIP Captain Tony Lara!”
Keith Colburn, who also was close to Lara, issued a statement saying, “Tony was a friend for 20 years and my deepest thoughts go out to his family.”
Casey McManus, who is the current captain of the Cornelia Marie, tweeted after learning Lara had died of a heart attack, posting, “Still in shock over losing Capt #TonyLara @alaskatuff #RIP my friend You had a heart of gold #CorneliaMarie #DeadliestCatch.”
His body is being transported back to his native Alaska.
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