On Thursday, July 19, Nicholas ‘Duffy’ Fudge, a cast member on National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna, passed away at age 28.
According to the obituary on Remick & Gendron’s website, Fudge “passed away unexpectedly.”
A specific cause of death has not yet been released.
*Note: This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
News of Fudge’s death was first released on the Wicked Tuna Facebook in a post that read, “National Geographic and Pilgrim Media Group were saddened to learn that Wicked Tuna cast member Nicholas ‘Duffy’ Fudge passed away this week. Duffy was the first mate on Captain Tyler McLaughlin’s fishing vessel, Pinwheel, and has appeared on both Wicked Tuna and our spinoff series Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks. We join Duffy’s family and friends in mourning his untimely loss.”
Fudge was born in Topsfield, MA, and graduated from Portsmouth High School. Growing up, his passions were fishing and the outdoors. He also participated in sports like hockey, lacrosse, skiing, snowboarding, and surfing.
A section of his obituary reads, “Nick was always the coolest kid, but he had a way of making you feel like you were just as cool.”
His family has asked for donations to be made to a memorial fund, with all proceeds benefiting environmental preservation.
Hundreds of fans have taken to social media to mourn Duffy’s loss. One person wrote, “RIP to the legend Duffy Fudge. A great fisherman and a better dude.” Another commented, “