Below Deck Mediterranean's Captain Mark Howard dies

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Photo credit: Bravo
Photo credit: Bravo

Below Deck Mediterranean star Mark Howard has sadly passed away aged 65.

A popular yacht captain in 2016's debut season of the Bravo reality series, a police report obtained by TMZ reveals his wife Susan discovered him upstairs in their Florida home earlier this week after returning from a dog show.

Mark's body was covered in boxes that had seemingly fallen, while he was laying up against a shelf with a few blood droplets on the side of his face.

It's currently unclear whether or not an investigation is ongoing.

Photo credit: Bravo
Photo credit: Bravo

Howard was replaced as captain on the series from season two and beyond by Sandy Yawn.

Reacting to this tragic news on social media, Below Deck Mediterranean's former chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier uploaded a headshot of Mark with the words: "Rest In Peace my friend. You were a great captain, friend and colleague. Always the gentleman [heart emoji] You will be missed."

Further tributes poured in, one reading: "RIP Captain Mark Howard. You were a joy to be around".

"You are kidding! I hate to hear this. Captain Mark was such a kind person", another said, while a third added: "Rest In Peace Capt Mark! You were such a nice man and a pleasure to watch."

Season 7 of Below Deck Mediterranean is reportedly shooting right now, with waters in France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Croatia previously appearing in the show.

An official synopsis for it explains: "The Below Deck franchise sets sail with a new boat, crew and location in this series that follows nine members of a crew who live and work aboard a 150-foot yacht.

"As the ship journeys through the Mediterranean, each episode features a new group of elite passengers, with each group presenting a different set of challenges for the crew."

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