Matt Hughes, a 30-year-old meteorologist, died on May 26 in Wichita, Kan. A statement on Discovery's website said only cryptically that his death was caused by "an injury unrelated to his chasing activities." The show explained only that he had suffered an injury at his home the same weekend his last episode was shot.
Rumors are flying around the Internet that he may have died after attempting to commit suicide. PopEater reports that Aaron Blaser, a meteorologist at KAKE-TV in Wichita, where Hughes once worked, wrote in a blog post that Hughes tried to kill himself on May 14.
Hughes' death has not been kept a secret -- an obituary for Hughes was published in the Wichita Eagle on May 30 and fellow Storm Chaser Reed Timmer tweeted about his death on Oct. 30, curiously five months after his friend had died. But many of the show's fans were not aware of his death until last night's episode.
Hughes is survived by his wife, Kendra, and sons, Hunter and Collin.
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