Below Deck star Mark Howard dies at 65: Captain passes away ‘suddenly’ at his home in Florida

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Below Deck star Mark Howard dies at 65: Captain passes away ‘suddenly’ at his home in Florida


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Captain Mark Howard from Below Deck: Mediterranean has died at 65.

Hi co-star Tiffany Jones confirmed the news on Twitter Friday saying: ‘RIP Captain Mark Howard. You were a joy to be around.’ 

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The former reality show star is said to have passed away ‘suddenly’ at his home in Florida this week. 

It is currently unclear how Howard died. 

Below Deck star Mark Howard dies at 65: Captain passes away 'suddenly' at his home in Florida (pictured above in a promo image for the show)

Below Deck star Mark Howard dies at 65: Captain passes away ‘suddenly’ at his home in Florida (pictured above in a promo image for the show) 

TMZ reports that Howard’s wife Susan was out of town attending a dog show from October 22 to 27 when the incident took place. She found her husband dead upstairs.

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According to a police report obtained by the site, Howard ‘was covered in boxes that had apparently fallen, and his body was laying up against a shelf.’

Authorities say there was no sign of trauma but there were ‘blood droplets’ on his face and on the floor. 

Sad: Hi co-star Tiffany Jones confirmed the news on Twitter Friday saying: 'RIP Captain Mark Howard. You were a joy to be around'

Sad: Hi co-star Tiffany Jones confirmed the news on Twitter Friday saying: ‘RIP Captain Mark Howard. You were a joy to be around’

Another hit: Below Deck: Mediterranean launched in 2016 as a spinoff to the hugely popular reality series (Howard pictured above, center, with the crew)

Another hit: Below Deck: Mediterranean launched in 2016 as a spinoff to the hugely popular reality series (Howard pictured above, center, with the crew) 

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The site notes that it is unclear if the case is under investigation or if it’s been ruled as an accident or medical episode.

A biography for Howard from Bravo state that he was born and raised on a lake in Michigan and had been a yacht captain for just under 30 years.

He was an experienced captain, having sailed to the South Pacific and the Mediterranean and Caribbean for luxurious trips as seen on the show.

RIP: His friend and former co-star Hannah Ferrier paid her respects Friday

RIP: His friend and former co-star Hannah Ferrier paid her respects Friday 

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Below Deck: Mediterranean launched in 2016 as a spinoff to the hugely popular reality series. 

Howard was unveiled as the Captain of the Ionian Princess yacht for the first season. 

While the spinoff series was also a hit with viewers, Howard did not return for the second season. 

Howard would end up being replaced by Captain Sandy Yawn who is still in the reality series.  

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Hannah Ferrier spoke about Howard in an interview with The Daily Dish in 2019 saying they would ‘touch base’ once a year after working together. 

Hi performance on the show was praised by fellow Bravo star of the series Captain Lee. 

‘Capt Mark is an outstanding mariner with out a doubt,’ Captain Lee tweeted at the time. ‘No one knows how they might react until they are in that [situation].’

Tragic: The former reality show star is said to have passed away 'suddenly' at his home in Florida this week (Pictured above in 2016)

Tragic: The former reality show star is said to have passed away ‘suddenly’ at his home in Florida this week (Pictured above in 2016) 

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