Advertisement
The death of the young “Storm Chasers” star is even sadder now that we know where his body was found Twitter/Reed Timmer
Twitter/Reed Timmer

“Storm Chasers” star Joel Taylor, 38, was on board a royal Caribbean Cruise ship when he was found dead on the vessel.

The family of the former reality star reportedly flew to Puerto Rico on Wednesday to identify his body after he was found in his cabin. An autopsy has yet to be performed and cause of death is unknown at this time.

“The U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was notified today in the afternoon by the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship that they had a death on board,” Ricardo Castrodad, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard’s San Juan sector, told PEOPLE.

The Harmony of the Seas was reportedly docked in San Juan on Tuesday. An investigation into his death is ongoing, but the Coast Guard has not yet inspected the ship. The investigation is reportedly “standard procedure.”

Royal Caribbean extended their condolences to Taylor’s family in a statement by Owen Torres, their manager of global corporate communications.

RELATED: There’s upsetting news of a serious crash involving Jerry Springer’s former bodyguard

“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. A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to his family,” he said.

The publication reports that the ship was hosting Atlantis Events’ all-gay Caribbean Cruise and was scheduled to return to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Jan. 27.

On Tuesday, Taylor’s “Storm Chasers” co-star Reed Timmer paid tribute to him on Twitter, writing, “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.”

Advertisement

The hit Discovery Channel series followed a team of storm chasers in Tornado Alley. “Storm Chasers” premiered in 2007 and was canceled in 2012.

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
View More Articles

Stories You Might Like