Sad news for all my fellow Storm Chasers fans: on Tuesday morning, star of the hit Discovery Channel series, Joel Taylor, was found unresponsive in his cabin on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
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
His death, according to law enforcement officials and anecdotal evidence from other passengers, appears to have been a result of an overdose after Taylor consumed controlled substances recreationally.
SpotterNetwork tribute for the great storm chaser Joel Taylor centered on his "backyard" in western OK. Joel knew every single back road in that region so we were always excited when we would get the opportunity to chase there. Thank you storm chasing community pic.twitter.com/Zk1bWVUdIo— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 24, 2018
In the most heartwarming of acts, Taylor’s TornadoVideos.Net (TVN) co-star Reed Timmer has been effectually eulogizing Taylor on his twitter. His words and pictures attest to his character, impact, and legacy much more than mine, and have brought compassion and love in a sad time for us all.