Tony Lara Cause of Death Revealed: Deadliest Catch Star Died of Heart Attack

Deadliest Catch ship captain Tony Lara
Deadliest Catch ship captain Tony Lara (center) died of a heart attack, preliminary autopsy results revealed on Tuesday, Aug. 11 Discovery

Tony Lara, a ship captain on the Discovery Channel's hit show, Deadliest Catch, died from a heart attack, preliminary autopsy results revealed on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Lara, who manned the crabbing boat Cornelia Marie on the reality show, died this past weekend in his sleep at his Sturgis, South Dakota, home. He was 50.

Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin told Fox News on Tuesday that the autopsy was completed on Monday, but authorities are still awaiting the toxicology report. He added that there was no reason to believe that drugs were involved in Lara's death.

Merwin also told TMZ that the autopsy revealed scar tissue on Lara's heart, which is a sign of a heart attack. The reality star and longtime captain of Cornelia Marie did not suffer when he passed away, according to Merwin.

Meanwhile, the network and his fellow cast members continue to mourn Lara's death. "Yesterday we lost a member of the Catch Family," Deadliest Catch's official Twitter handle wrote on Aug. 9. "May you RIP Captain Tony Lara!"

His body is being transported back to his native Alaska.

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