'Deadliest Catch' veteran, 38, found dead in his OR home

Deadliest Catch star Blake Painter was found dead in his home in OR on Friday, the Clatsop County Sheriff's office confirms to ET.

Painter, 38, was found dead Friday by a friend who became concerned after not seeing him for several days, Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin told USA TODAY.

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Police discovered substances inside the home, which will be tested for possible narcotics, TMZ reports. An autopsy and toxicology report will done to determine the cause.

A friend of his had called the police, having become anxious because he had not had contact with Painter for days on end. When officers arrived at the home, they determined that Painter had been dead for several days.

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He said there were no signs of foul play or suspicious circumstances. The paper said he was charged with DUI and heroin possession, among other things.

Painter was the captain of the F/V Maverick on the hit documentary series. The expert crab fisherman appeared in "Deadliest Catch" from 2006 until 2007 for Seasons 2 and 3, when he reportedly quit.

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Painter is not the first Deadliest Catch captain to die.

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