The former captain of the F/V Maverick, who appeared on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch in 2006 and 2007, was discovered when a friend became concerned about his wellbeing and called police, TMZ reports.
Police are also testing several substances found at the scene of Painter’s death that will be tested for narcotics. They do not suspect foul play, though his official cause of death will be determined following an autopsy and toxicology test.
Painter, an expert crab fisherman, first appeared on Deadliest Catch during season 2 and chose to leave the series several episodes into the third season.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.
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This article originally appeared on New Idea.