The Storm Chasing Joel Taylor died at the age of 38.
The Shocking news was delivered by his co-star Reed Timmer via twitter. He wrote,
“RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor,” Timmer 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.”
The Storm Chaser also posted a series of photo as a tribute to his partner.
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
Born and brought up the nation’s iconic “tornado alley,” Elk City, Oklahoma. Taylor studied meteorology at a University of Oklahoma. He met his co-star Timmer here.
In 2003, they documented their journey through Tornado Alley for the documentary Tornado Glory. The duo stared in Discovery channel’s hit series Storm Chasers in 2007.
Taylor was the meteorologist and driver of the team’s storm vehicle the Dominator.
Team Western OK Chaser
His Storm chasing team from Oklahoma also posted the sad 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. 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. 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.”
The edited version of post states that the reason for death is unknown.
“The medical professionals are trying to determine the cause. It will most likely be quite a while before the medical professionals have those answers and when they do then it will be relayed to the family.I’d hope we would all just pray for them at this time because I know they have the same questions and are hurting deeply at his sudden passing. If you knew or know his parents and family you would understand that they are the kindest and sweetest people and are in great pain for the loss of their child and brother. Please lift them up in prayers and support.”
RIP Joel Taylor!