On Tuesday night, friends and family members of the beloved Joel Taylor revealed his sudden death. The cause of the 38-year-old’s death was not immediately given, though PEOPLE reported that it most likely involved a mishap while storm chasing, which is what he was best known for.
Taylor was a former star on Discovery Channel’s documentary reality TV series “Storm Chasers.” The series was filmed every year in the Tornado Alley area. Taylor joined the team in 2008. After five full seasons, the show was canceled in 2012.
Taylor was known on the show for his enthusiasm and deep passion for storm chasing. Now, Taylor’s friends have spoken out about the loss of the Elk City, Oklahoma native.
Taylor’s best friend and former costar, Reed Timmer, said, “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,” he continued.
Timmer and Taylor attended the University of Oklahoma together and their friendship developed over their passion for storm chasing. Timmer posted several photos from over the years.
Taylor’s friend Mike Olbinski said, “I was lucky enough to meet Joel a few years ago at Reed’s wedding. 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.”
Team Western OK Chaser, Taylor’s local storm chasing team, spoke out as well. They said, “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. He was one of the most level-headed chasers on the road 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,” they continued. “In the last few years he’d load up with his dad and go chase and not even take a camera. Our hearts are hurting for his mom Tracy and dad Jimmy along with his brother and sister and their children. Please know you are in our prayers. RIP Joel.”
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