Captain Howard's Unexpected Cause of Death Is Revealed Below Decks

Captain Mark Howard, the star of "Below Deck Mediterranean," passed away in October, and his cause of death has now been revealed.

Howard's cause of death was "hypertensive cardiovascular disease with chronic alcoholism listed as a contributory cause," according to E! News, which obtained the official death record.

Bravo issued a statement about the former cast member after his death was reported.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to Captain Mark Howard's family and friends; as captain of the first season of Below Deck Med, he will be remembered for his many contributions and mentorship, and he will forever remain part of the Bravo family."

According to E! News, Howard was only 65 years old and had worked in the yachting industry for 30 years.

Here's what we've learned so far:

Howard was discovered dead at his home in Florida on October 28,2021, according to TMZ.

According to a police report obtained by the outlet, Howard's wife, Susan, discovered her husband's body in their home after returning from a six-day trip to an out-of-town dog show.

According to TMZ, "Mark was covered in boxes that had apparently fallen, and his body was laying up against a shelf," according to the police report.

"There were also blood droplets on the floor and blood on the side of his face, according to cops, though it was unclear whether he had been injured."

Howard was the captain of the Ionian Princess for the first season of the show, a spinoff of Bravo's hit show "Below Deck," in 2016. He only lasted one season before being replaced by Sandy Yawn, the show's first female captain, in season 2. His time on the show was linked to a notoriously bad deckhand Danny Zureikat, who slacked off every chance he got.

Zureikat was constantly breaking the rules with charter guests, such as sending secret notes and photographing women in bikinis.

As seen in this Bravo season 1 clip, he was constantly at odds with the entire crew.

In August 2021, fellow deckhand Bobby Giancola told Showbiz Cheat Sheet, "When it came to Danny, you know, he wanted to be there for TV."

"I mean, and I know that sounds like a cop out, but he exaggerated things, and we had so many conversations with him where he would cry to us and say, 'I want to make you guys proud,' and we were like, dude, so do we!"

Howard eventually had to intervene and seize Zureikat's phone.

When that failed to stop him, Howard fired him.

"I don't trust you either," Howard said in episode 12. "You've been toxic to this boat since you arrived, and your work is substandard."

This is not your line of work."

Get the amazing news right in your inbox

about author
Leave a Reply