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'Storm Chasers' Star Joel Taylor Dies At 38

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"Storm Chasers" reality star Joel Taylor has died at age 38.

The star of the Discovery Channel hit reality television series died suddenly on Jan. 23, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Taylor studied meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. He was added to the "Storm Chasers" cast in 2008 as a driver, and was often seen chasing storms with colleague Reed Timmer before the show was canceled in 2012.

Timmer took to social media to pay tribute to Taylor.

"RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor," Timmer wrote. "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."

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Taylor's funeral will be held on Jan. 29, ABC News reported. The Oklahoma native's body had been discovered on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

"Joel has been released in San Juan and is on [his] way home to Oklahoma," the funeral home working with Taylor's family told ABC News. "His funeral service will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Elk City, Oklahoma."

The cruise line company has since issued a statement to People magazine confirming that Taylor was aboard one of their ships, ABC News reports.

"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 on board Harmony of the Seas," the statement read. "A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to his family."

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Taylor's death is now being investigated by the San Juan, Puerto Rico, division of the U.S. Coast Guard.

"While we do not have all the details at this time, the Coast Guard is conducting a preliminary investigation following up on the report made by the cruise ship and in cooperation with the FBI, local authorities and industry partners to look into this incident," the statement from the Coast Guard read.

The Discovery Channel has also issued a statement on Taylor's death.

"We are so saddened to hear about Joel’s passing," the statement read. "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."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter, ABC News / Featured Images: Craig ONeal/Flickr / Embedded Images: YouTube via The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter

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