The owner of a popular California fish grilling company says he is dead after being trapped with two of the world’s largest brown sea fish.
Marvin S. Smith, 72, was found dead at his home Monday, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.
Authorities said the fish had been caught in an abandoned industrial area near Riverside.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the two brown sea baits were caught from the Riverside Ship Canal in Orange County on Aug. 23.
They are the largest in the world, measuring about 3 feet (1.7 meters) in length and weighing up to 5 pounds (2.8 kilograms).
Smith was a longtime commercial fisherman, according.
He owned the fish grill chain for 30 years and has operated the business since 1977.
Smith also owns the Fish Grill Restaurant, a popular steakhouse in Orange.
In an interview with the Orange County Register, Smith’s daughter, Tricia, said the business closed in January because of the strain on his family.
He has a son who works in the restaurant and a daughter who runs a nonprofit organization that helps with the food pantry.
Tricia Smith said she and her mother were shocked when they received the news.
They live about an hour away in Riverside, about 15 minutes north of Los Angeles.
She said her father has been trying to find work since he was laid off in 2009 and he has been struggling to make ends meet.
Tricia Smith added that the death of her father is not his first.
He was laid-off a few years ago.
Tracey Smith said her dad was always a good friend to his family and they were grateful to him for his hard work.
He loved fishing, fishing boats and being in the water.
She added that her dad had no children, but had a granddaughter and was very active in the local community.
The fish grill company has been a staple in Riverside for nearly 20 years.
The company offers grilled meat, fish, shrimp, crawfish and crab.
Smith’s restaurant is one of three in Riverside and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
Smith is survived by his wife, Tracey Smith, and three children, who are all adults.