Tuesday night marked the premiere of a complicated and emotional episode of Discover fishing adventure show, “Deadliest Catch.”
Last December, “Deadliest Catch” cast and crew member Nick McGlashan was found dead at the age of 33 from an overdose.
The crew found out of Nick’s death while together getting ready to film the first episode. Cameras were rolling when Captain “Wild” Bill Wichrowski of the Summer Bay got the bad news of Nick’s passing on a phone call, 36 hours prior to the kickoff of the next fishing season.
Per FOX News, Captain Sig Hansen revealed, "I've got text messages and words going around that Nick McGlashan passed away… Nick was a part of Summer Bay and pretty much every boat Bill’s been running lately. Bill, you know, treated him as family… I couldn't imagine what he's going through right now, but hopefully Bill will make this season happen, assuming he even comes up at all. I don't know the status and where Bill's head is at."
Nick McGlashan was a Deck Boss on the Summer Bay for more than 78 episodes of the exciting reality series that is currently in its 17th season.
The entire scenario was revisited in the emotional episode last night that included a memorial for Nick, featuring cast, crew, friends, and Nick’s family.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, the show wasn’t sure how to pay tribute to its star. The raw footage of the cast finding out the terrible news combined with the memorial made for a extremely moving tribute.
Every boat in the fleet showed up to pay their respects, with a still-shaken Wild Bill appearing visibly touched by the outpouring of support and love for his lost crewman.
"I lost a trusted friend,” said Wichrowski via the radio, “an outstanding employee, and a brother in life… We're gonna say goodbye to Nick McGlashan, but he'll always be with us. Love you, Nick. Love everything about you. I love you guys for coming in for this. I'm really blown away. Thank you."
Wichrowski’s personal tribute was to throw his hook into the ocean for the last time and fire off expired flare guns so that "Nick can see us."
The Discovery Go site was open about Nick McGlashan’s past troubles with alcohol and drug addiction. He had last entered rehab in 2017.
When a reality show like “Deadliest Catch” has been around for as long as it has, there are bound to be a few tragedies along the way, but “Deadliest Catch” has had its sad shares.
Nick McGlashan’s death is another deep reminder that the serious and dangerous situations on these more real reality programs do not end on location and when the cameras stop rolling.
A rep for Discovery told Fox News in a statement at the time of his death: “Our deepest sympathy goes out to Nick’s loved ones during this difficult time. 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."