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Captain Phil Harris of 'Deadliest Catch' now talking after stroke

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UPDATE (2/9/10): Discovery announces that Captain Phil Harris of Deadliest Catch has died

Captain Phil Harris, of Discovery Channel reality TV show Deadliest Catch fame, continues to make “great progress” recovering from his stroke, his shipmates on the Cornelia Marie said. At a post to the ship’s website today, his colleague Morgan wrote: “Capt. Phil was talking to friends and family today; showing his greatest progress since he suffered a massive stroke one week ago. It’s been a long and difficult week for friends and family as Phil was medivaced from St. Paul Island and under went surgery.

“Capt. Phil’s sons Josh and Jake have been at this hospital and continue to stay by their father’s side. Some Bering Sea fishermen have also come by to pay Phil a visit.

“Meanwhile, the F/V Cornelia Marie has been back fishing for Opilios. The season has really just begun, so there’s much more fishing to do. Great folks from around the world have sent their messages of encouragement and get-well soon greetings – for this, we will always be thankful. Many cards have been sent and they will all get to Phil as he recovers.”

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