7 Things To Know About Joel Taylor, The Storm Chaser Found Dead On A Cruise Ship

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7 Things To Know About The Death Of Discovery Channel's Storm Chaser Joel Taylor
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He may have overdosed.

Storm Chaser’s Joel Taylor, 38, died of a suspected overdose Tuesday.

The tornado expert from the Discovery Channel reality series was found unresponsive in his room on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas, TMZ reported.

Taylor chased storms for a living from 2008 until the show was canceled in 2012. His storm chasing days started with a documentary about chasing tornados in 2003 caused "Tornado Glory." 

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While Discovery Channel has yet to comment on his death, his fans have. 

"One of the kindest chasers I've met -- he was more than happy to take a picture with a star-struck nerd back in 2014," one fan wrote. "He will be missed."

Here is everything you need to know about the death of the famous storm chaser:

1. He was only 38.

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Taylor, who got his degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, joined the Storm Chaser team on Discovery Channel in 2008.

His early death is not linked to his dangerous job chasing severe storms, though.

2. He died on vacation.

 

Taylor was found unresponsive in his cabin aboard the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship.

Law enforcement was called when the privately chartered boat, which was scheduled to return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

3. Authorities say his death may be linked to drugs.

“It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances," law enforcement told TMZ.

Drugs, including ecstasy and cocaine, were easily available and Taylor was taking some, said passengers aboard the cruise ship.

4. As of now, his cause of death is unknown.

A Facebook post by Western Oklahoma storm-chasing group Team Western OK Chasers said that the cause of Taylor’s death is still undetermined.

"The medical professionals are trying to determine the cause," the post read. "It will most likely be quite a while before the medical professionals have those answers."

An autopsy is being performed in Puerto Rico.

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5. A rep for Taylor’s family confirmed his death.

“We can confirm that Joel Taylor has passed away while on a cruise,” the rep told The Blast. "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.”

6. Taylor’s storm chasing team posted a tribute to the deceased meteorologist on Facebook.

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“He didn't chase for the glory he chased because he had a true passion for storms. In the last few years he’d load up with his dad and go chase and not even take a camera,” Team Western OK Chaser wrote.

7. His best friend and former co-star is devastated.

Reed Timmer, Taylor’s long-time friend and former partner on Storm Chasers, announced his death on Twitter late Tuesday night.

“RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor,” Timmer wrote. “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.”

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