'Gold Rush' star James Harness dies at 57

Jean Bentley, Zap2It.com

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

James Harness, who appeared on Discovery's "Gold Rush" during its first and second seasons, has died, TMZ reports.

Harness was a crew mechanic who suffered from a severe spinal injury stemming from a car accident, and TMZ reports he had problems with addiction to the painkillers he was taking because of the accident. After Harness bailed on work to spend time with his girlfriend instead of repairing a necessary water filter, he was fired from the team and from the show.

TMZ reports Harness lived in Oregon and was 57 years old, and the cause of death and exact timing and location are unknown.


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