DEADLIEST Catch star Nick McGlashan “overdosed in a Nashville hotel bathroom wearing a gray shirt and gray underwear after taking a toxic mix of methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl,” an autopsy report obtained exclusively by The Sun reveals.
Nick, 33, a seventh-generation fisherman who had long battled drug addiction, died at a Holiday Inn on December 28 after flying to Nashville from his home in Reddick, FL, to meet friends.
Nick died of an overdose on December 28
The 33 year old is believed to have two children
An autopsy report into Nick’s death has just been released
Part of the report, filed by Investigator Krista Hammonds for Nashville’s Center for Forensic Medicine, says “this 33 year old male was found unresponsive in the bathroom of his hotel room,” adding “the decedent had a known history of illicit drug abuse.”
The star, believed to be a dad of two, was said to be wearing “a gray shirt and gray underwear” when his body was found.
The report says there was “drug paraphernalia nearby” and forensic pathologist Dr William McClain writes Nick, whose legal first name was Bruce and whose race is listed as “American Indian,” “died as a result of the toxic effects of methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl.”
Medics had tried and failed to revive him using a defibrillator, the report indicates.
Nick with his costar Landon Cheney (left). Landon has paid tribute to his friend
Nick’s sad death and tributes from friends was reported by The Sun in December.
He joined The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch in 2013 and appeared as a deck boss on the show in 78 episodes over seven years.
He is believed to have two children with his longtime girlfriend, Claire Hammond.
In a final Tweet on December 10 he posted about his “trauma” saying: “Trauma be making me fall asleep randomly. It also wakes me up randomly. Navigate carefully”.
He was suspended from part of season 13 of Deadliest Catch was blamed on his drug use.
His costar and friend, Landon Cheney, also posted an emotional tribute to his “brother” on the day Nick died.
The Nashville hotel where Nick died in December
Landon wrote: “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
“‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Rest easy my brother #gonebutnotforgotten #restinpeace #brothers.”
Nick once told how at the height of his addiction he was drinking half a gallon of vodka and shooting up one gram of meth and two grams of heroin a day.
He went to rehab in September 2016 after overdosing three times.
Nick with his Deadliest Catch costars
In an article for Chosen Magazine he spoke about his addiction battle.
He said: “My life went from Bering Sea badass to full-blown junkie very rapidly. Hidden from me was that passion I had for life.
“Taken from me was my ability to live. I was at war with my addiction and it was winning.”
He added his “mind, body and spirit were so diseased” that he “welcomed [his] own death.”
He said: “To say I was lost would be an understatement. I was broken and soulless. I was living without any hope of happiness. All I wanted was to stay loaded.
“Every bit of happiness stripped away by a powerful, cunning, and baffling disease.”
Deadliest Catch crew member Jake Harris has also battled addiction
The reality star said he maintained his sobriety by living by a 12-step program, going to meetings and working with a sponsor.
He had said going to rehab was the “scariest thing” he’d ever done, but also the “best”.
Nick’s former Deadliest Catch costar Jake Harris has also spoken about his addiction issues.
Speaking to TV’s Dr Drew in 2011, Jake discussed his opiate addiction and told how he used to abuse pills while at sea.
Nick started his sea career by crabbing at the age of 13 and quickly rose up the ranks as a fisherman.
Deadliest Catch deckhand Mahlon Reyes died after having a heart attack in August
His great uncle worked on the first boat recorded in the US’ crabbing records and two of his aunts were crabbers, one of whom died after their boat sank.
Nick’s death came after Deadliest Catch deckhand, Mahlon Reyes, 38, died in August last year after having a heart attack.
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