Joel Taylor, star of the Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers, is dead at 38.
Several of his friends and colleagues on Tuesday confirmed his death.
#8220We can confirm that Joel Taylor has passed away while on a cruise,#8221 funeral director Richard Duggar II said in a statement on behalf of Taylor#8217s family, according to CNN. #8220The 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.#8221
Reed Timmer, an AccuWeather meteorologist as well as friend and colleague of Taylor, paid tribute to him in a tweet Tuesday. #8220RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor,#8221 Timmer wrote. #8220I 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#8217ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend.#8221The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
Taylor#8217s cause of death and which cruise ship he was on remain unclear. Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Cruises, confirmed to TIME that a #822038-year-old male guest#8221 died while onboard the Harmony of the Seas ship.#8221
#8220On January 23, 2018, the guest was found unresponsive in his cabin,#8221 Torres said. #8220As is our standard procedure, law enforcement was notified and responded to the ship when it arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, January 23.#8221
Ricardo Castrodad, a public affairs officer for the Coast Guard#8217s San Juan sector, confirmed to TIME that Royal Caribbean contacted the Coast Guard about a death aboard the Harmony of the Seas, and that an investigation into the matter has been opened by the Coast Guard.
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