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Storm Chasers star Joel Taylor dies while on gay cruise in Puerto Rico

Storm Chasers star Joel Taylor dies while on gay cruise in Puerto Rico

Joel Taylor

Joel Taylor, a star of The Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers, was found dead on Tuesday (23 January). He was 38-years-old.

The meteorologist was on the Royal Caribbean ship Harmony of the Seas. Atlantis Events, calling itself the world’s largest producer of all-gay cruises and resort vacations, rented out the ship.

TMZ reports he died of a suspected drug overdose. Another passenger said he passed out on the dance floor. Two people took him back to his room before his death.

No official cause of death has been announced and autopsy reports are pending.

‘We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the 38-year-old male guest from the United States who died while onboard Harmony of the Seas,’ the cruise line told Us Magazine.

‘As 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.  A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to his family.’

Discovery also released a statement: ‘We are so saddened to hear about Joel’s passing. We will always remember him fondly as an incredible meteorologist and driver of ‘The Dominator.’ Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.’

Remembering Taylor

His old co-worker first revealed the news on Twitter.

Storm Chasers was a reality show on Discovery that ran from 2007 to 2012. It followed a team of storm chasers intercepting tornadoes in the United States.

Others reacted to his death on Twitter.

Watch Joel Taylor in action on Storm Chasers