There’s sad news today for fans of the Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers.” Fans of the show are reeling in the wake of the sudden announcement.
Joel Taylor, 38, had been on a cruise with Royal Caribbean when he was found unresponsive in his cabin on Jan. 23.
Although he came to fame chasing storms, his death does not appear to be due to a storm.
In fact, authorities have yet to even confirm the identity of the individual found unresponsive. Nevertheless, his friends and family have confirmed his passing.
Those who knew and loved him have taken to social media to pay tribute to Taylor. Reed Timmer, Taylor’s best friend and co-star on the show, has been particularly devastated by Taylor’s death.
Timmer took to Twitter to share photos of his friend in happier times.
“RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” he began.
“We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend,” he continued.
The Coast Guard has opened an investigation, but authorities have not yet released a cause of death.
Not surprisingly, speculation is rampant — but those who loved him ask for patience.
CNN has released the details of a statement from Taylor’s family.
It reads, “The cause of the death has not yet been determined. We ask for your understanding during this difficult time and your respect for the family while they deal with the loss of their son.”
According to Legacy, Taylor studied meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and joined the cast of “Storm Chasers” in 2008.
At the time of his death, he was chasing storms with Team Western OK Chaser.
Many have noted that Taylor chased storms not for fame, but rather out of a true passion for storms. Others remember his kindness and generosity, especially when meeting fans.
Our condolences go out to Taylor’s family and friends. His life and death serve as a reminder to all of us to live each day fully.
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