“Deadliest Catch” airs on the Discovery Channel. The show highlights fisherman battling the Bering Sea to catch crab. Captain Phil Harris had commanded the Cornelia Marie for 6 seasons while cameras filmed each-and-every move of the Capt. and fishermen. The Discovery Channel captured the lives of the men on the bering sea and off. Fans of the show have grown to love and cherish the cast members.
It was no surprise to the fans of “Deadliest Catch” that Capt. Phil Harris suffered from health issues, what did surprise the fans (and cast) is that his life would end as soon as it did. Cameras followed Capt. Phil Harris until he passed away in Feb. 2010, and filmed his sons’ (Josh and Jake Harris) dealing with the ill health and loss of their father. Nothing was scripted, everything filmed, and captured was truly the lives of these men.
In 2010, Capt. Phil Harris was found lying down, face first. He could not move. EMT were called to the scene and he was removed from Cornelia Marie. Capt. Phil Harris did not want the cameras to stop filming while he battled for his life. He wanted the “story to have an end.” He believed his viewers deserved one. He could not speak while in the hospital after undergoing surgery, and scribbled down on a note pad “Keep filming. There has to be an end to the story.” His sons Josh and Jake honored his wish, and allowed the cameras to film a very personal and emotional time for the family.
Viewers watched while the oldest son Josh received the news that his father passed away on Feb. 9, 2010. They watched him (Josh) grieve. Viewers watched as Josh called Jake to inform him of their father’s passing. Many viewers were sitting at home shedding tears and crying for this family. It’s not every day while watching a reality television show, viewers are brought along to watch a man fight for his life, and watch his son’s left grieving. Viewers were also brought along to the funeral of Capt. Phil Harris.
On July 20, 2010 the Discovery channel aired a special tribute to Capt. Phil Harris. The Discovery channel gave Josh and Jake Harris a gift to cherish for the rest of their lives –something not everyone has — they have episodes filmed with their father. They can watch those episodes whenever they wish, and share them with family who never got to meet Capt. Phil Harris while we was with them.