Below Deck Mediterranean star Captain Mark Howard’s cause of death has been revealed, two months after he died.
The Bravo star – who appeared in season one of the Med spin-off – died in October at the age of 65, with tributes pouring in from the yachting world.
At the time, a family friend told TMZ that he ‘died suddenly’ at his home in Florida.
A medical examiner’s report, obtained by E! News, has now listed his cause of death as hypertensive cardiovascular disease, with chronic alcoholism listed as a contributory cause.
His manner of death was categorized as natural.
Captain Howard appeared on Below Deck Med when it first set sail in 2016, and helmed the way in 13 episodes on board the Ionian Princess yacht.
He was an instant hit with viewers, but only appeared in the first series of the spin-off, with Captain Sandy Yawn taking his place for the following episodes.
His show bio confirmed that he had been in the industry for nearly 30 years, and had international experience ‘ranging from sailing the South Pacific to the Mediterranean and Caribbean on both private and charter boats’.
The late star’s Bravo co-stars shared their condolences on social media after news of his death emerged.
Former chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier – who starred alongside him on season one – paid tribute on instagram.
‘Rest In Peace my friend. You were a great captain, friend and colleague,’ she wrote beside a photo of him. Always the gentleman. You will be missed.’
‘Our thoughts and sincerest sympathies are with the family and friends of the respected Captain Mark Howard,’ Bravo said in a statement.
‘As the captain of the first season of Below Deck Med, he will always be remembered for his many contributions and mentorship and will forever remain part of the Bravo family.’
Captain Sandy, who served as his replacement on the program, also offered her condolences on Twitter, posting: ‘Such sad news. When I met him, I felt such a kindness. GodSpeed Captain Mark.’
As Tiffany Copeland added: ‘RIP Captain Mark Howard. You were a joy to be around.’
Captain Howard is survived by wife Susan.
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