'Deadliest Catch' Producer Joe McMahon Gunned Down, Killed at 25

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Former Deadliest Catch producer Joe McMahon was gunned down outside his Pasadena home on Friday, and died at the scene. He was just 25 years old.

A former associate producer for one season of Deadliest Catch, McMahon worked for the Discovery Channel on their popular show for nine episodes in 2013.

It was early Friday morning when authorities received a call about a shooting in the Chapman Woods neighborhood of Pasadena. When they arrived on the scene they found the Deadliest Catch producer suffering from "multiple gunshot wounds." He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

A representative of the Discovery Channel issued a statement about the tragedy on Friday.

"We are heartsick about this tragedy," the network said about Joe McMahon's untimely and tragic passing. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all that knew and worked with him."

Family members identified McMahon at the scene and told authorities he worked on Deadliest Catch.

Sources told investigators they don't believe the murder to be drug related, nor do they believe Joe McMahon was involved in any type of drug activity.

It's heartbreaking when someone so young loses their life to senseless violence. It will be interesting to learn what investigators find in the coming days.

Meanwhile cast and crew members of Deadliest Catch are likely coming to grips with this loss--as are the family members and friends of Joe McMahon.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.