Captain Tony Lara of 'Deadliest Catch' Dead at 50

Tony Lara of 'Deadliest Catch' passed away in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 8th. . (Photo: YouTube/Discovery Channel)

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.

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."