Joel Taylor, star of the popular National Geographic series Storm Chasers died suddenly at the age of 38.
According to Fox News, the reason behind Taylor's passing hasn't yet been released to the public, but it isn't thought to be storm-related. Before starring on the adrenaline-filled series, Taylor studied meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. Starring alongside Reed Trimmer, he chased storms through Oklahoma's Tornado Alley, studying the behavior of tornadoes and storm paths. The show ran from 2008 to 2012 before it was canceled by the network.
Reed Trimmer led the tributes to his friend and partner on Twitter yesterday. "RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor," he wrote in a heartfelt post. "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."
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
Another friend, Mike Olbinksi followed. "I was lucky enough to meet Joel a few years ago at Reed’s wedding," he captioned underneath a picture of Taylor. "He was so kind to me and we got to hang out for a bit during those few days. I snapped this photo of him and that just seemed like who he was. A huge smile. RIP Joel Taylor…you will be so missed."
Although Storm Chasers ended five years ago, Taylor maintained his passion for chasing. Team Western Oklahoma Chaser, a local group that he was a part of, also expressed their devastation at the news on their Facebook page. "Our community of Elk City and the Storm Chasing community lost a great guy today. Joel Taylor was truly an inspiration to myself and many who knew him," they stated. "He was one of the most level-headed chasers on the roads and truly a classy guy outside of chasing. 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."