Watch religiously but don't know this guy and what happened to the Capt. with the beard and bad back? ‘Deadliest Catch’ captain Tony Lara dies at age 50, cause of death undetermined THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:06 AM Discovery Channel Tony Lara, who appeared as a ship captain on Discovery Channel’s ‘Deadliest Catch,’ died during a motorcycle rally in South Dakota on Saturday August 8. STURGIS, S.D. — Authorities say a man who has appeared as a ship captain on the Discovery Channel television program "Deadliest Catch" has died in Sturgis, South Dakota, during its famous motorcycle rally. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin says he's waiting on autopsy results to help determine the cause of 50-year-old Tony Lara's death. The sheriff says Lara died early Saturday morning at a private residence in Sturgis. A message at a phone number associated with Lara wasn't immediately returned. A post on the Discovery website describes Lara as a veteran crab catcher. He appeared on the show at the helm of a boat called the Cornelia Marie.