Joel Taylor, one of the starts of the Discovery series “Storm Chasers” has died. His death was confirmed by a family representative. He was 38.
“We can confirm that Joel Taylor has passed away while on a cruise,” said funeral director Richard Duggar II in a statement he provided on behalf of Taylor’s family. “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.”
There are suggestions that the cause of death may be a drug overdose.
Taylor is from Elk City, Oklahoma, Taylor. He studied meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and joined his friend Reed Timmer to chase tornadoes for the 2003 documentary “Tornado Glory.”
Taylor appeared on the series from 2008 until 2012 – its final year before cancellation.
Timmer eulogized Taylor on Twitter Tuesday: “RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor.”
He added “I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend.” “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,” Timmer added.
RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend. 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 pic.twitter.com/htN45t8wik
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 24, 2018
The Discovery network has not provided any comment on Taylor’s death.