Tony Lara, a former crabbing captain who appeared on season 7 of Discovery's popular reality series 'Deadliest Catch,' has passed away at the age of 50.
Lara was in Sturgis, South Dakota, for the city's annual motorcycle rally and reportedly passed away in his sleep. According to the AP, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Reaction to the news across social media was one of love and support for Lara's life and family.
Yesterday we lost a member of the Catch Family. May you RIP Captain Tony Lara! pic.twitter.com/swLleyVUlr— Deadliest Catch (@DeadliestCatch) August 9, 2015
Saddened to hear of the passing of Capt.,Tony Lara. Top notch chief, great capt.,& even better friend. pic.twitter.com/ezbVaWhVUy— Capt Keith Colburn (@crabwizard) August 9, 2015
In a statement, the crew of the Cornelia Marie paid tribute to their former captain, calling him a true friend and faithful advisor.
"No conversation was cut short. No call unreturned," they added. "When the Cornelia Marie needed him, he was quick to respond with a 'When' and 'Where.' He offered his support and his advice. He taught and he educated. At the end of the day, Tony made all of us just a little bit better."