Storm Chasers Star, 30, Dead

10:20 AM PST 11/04/2010 by Lindsay Powers
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Matt Hughes' last episode aired Wednesday on the Discovery Channel.

Storm Chasers star Matt Hughes died May 26 in Kansas at 30 -- but the news was not widely publicized until his last episode aired on the Discovery Channel Wednesday night.

Hughes, who also worked as a meteorologist on Wichita's ABC affiliate KAKE-TV,  committed suicide. He is survived by his wife, Kendra, and two sons, Collin and Hunter. More than 500 people attended his funeral. [pullquote]

Hughes' friend and former colleague wrote on KAKE-TV's website in June: "Matt Hughes was taken to the hospital after trying to take his life. Matt was in the hospital for several days in intensive care, there was a 24 hour vigil outside the waiting room, family, other chasers, business associates, etc. I knew we were going to lose him. What a lot of us didn't know was that he suffered from depression."

Hughes' episode, entitled "Dedication," followed him on his final storm chase. Discovery called it the "best tornado intercept ever."

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