Mr Bergin said a cause of death would not be released until a toxicology report had been completed, but there was no apparent evidence of foul play.
A spokesperson with the Clastop County Sheriff's office says Painter's body was discovered by friends in his OR residence on Friday.
Painter was just 38 years old. According to TMZ, law enforcement officials are "testing substances found at the scene of his death". Drugs, including prescription drugs, were found in the home but they may not have anything to do with Painter's death, Bergin said.
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His hometown newspaper The Daily Astorian reported that a man of his name and age was arrested this January after a police officer allegedly caught sight of him smoking heroin at the wheel.
The Discovery Channel reality-TV show, now in its 14th season, is about crab fishing in Alaska, reputed to be one of the most deadly professions in the world. He first popped up during season 2 in 2006, but chose to depart the show a few episodes into season 3. He worked as an engineer aboard the the F/V Maverick before taking over the captaincy.
Our thoughts are with Painter's loved ones during this time of mourning.