The cause of Captain Mark Howard’s death was revealed nearly two months after the death of the “Mediterranean Under Deck” star.
Howard died naturally of cardiovascular disease caused by high blood pressure — with chronic alcoholism as a contributing cause, according to E! News.
The Bravo alum – who appeared on the first season of “Below Deck Med” in 2016 – died at the age of 65 in October.
“Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with the family and friends of esteemed Captain Mark Howard,” the network wrote in a statement at the time.
“As the captain of the first season of ‘Belor Dick Mead,’ he will always be remembered for his many contributions and mentorship and will forever be a part of the Bravo family.”
Howard – a Michigan native who has been a yachting captain for nearly 30 years – is known on the show for his warm demeanor, hands-on interactions with his crew, and tendency to prioritize charter guests at all costs.
“Be honest, work hard, and pay attention to the senior crew while not forgetting the golden rule of yachting: ‘The guest is always right,'” he said earlier, detailing his advice for ambitious yachtsmen.
After his death, Howard’s third host Tiffany Jones (Copeland) paid tribute to him in a cute post on Twitter.
“Captain Mark Howard RIP. It was a pleasure to have you around,” She commented pictures From herself with Howard and his crew.
Meanwhile, lead host Hannah Ferrer praised Howard for being an outstanding leader, friend, and colleague. “Always a gentleman,” she wrote. “We will miss you.”