Death of Greenland 'Wicked Tuna' fisherman described as untimely


The death of fisherman and “Wicked Tuna” cast member Nicholas “Duffy” Fudge, 28, is being investigated, though police say foul play is not suspected.

According to a news release, Greenland police and EMTs responded to an emergency medical call Thursday at 6 p.m. and found Fudge; he was not breathing.

“CPR was in progress and continued during his transportation to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead,” police said in a news release.

The cause of death is currently undetermined.

Fudge was the first mate on Capt. Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel.

Capt. Don Taylor of Rye said Monday that he does not know Fudge personally, but it always seemed as if he was having fun on the popular National Geographic Channel series.

“You can tell there’s quite a bit of sadness,” Taylor said of the feeling at Rye Harbor since Fudge’s death.

According to Wikipedia, the reality television series “Wicked Tuna” is one of National Geographic Channel’s strongest franchises. It follows commercial tuna fishermen from the Gloucester, Mass., area who fish for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The series has been on the air since 2012.

The network and Pilgrim Media Group posted photos of Fudge Sunday night.

“We join his family and friends in mourning his untimely loss,” a spokesperson posted.

According to his obituary, Fudge was from Greenland. He graduated from Portsmouth High School and excelled at fishing, hockey, lacrosse, skiing, snowboarding and surfing.

“His presence could light up any room and he had a heart of gold. He was known for his smile, his fearlessness, his adventurous spirit, his mischievous sense of humor, and giving big hugs,” Fudge’s obituary says.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home at 811 Lafayette Road in Hampton.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.