'Storm Chasers' Star Joel Taylor Dies at 38

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The cause of Taylor's death remains unclear at this time.

Joel Taylor, one of the stars of the Discovery Channel reality series Storm Chasers, died suddenly on Tuesday. He was 38. 

A number of Taylor's friends confirmed his death on social media, although the cause of death is still unclear at this time. 

An Oklahoma native, Taylor joined Storm Chasers in 2008. The show followed a group of scientists as they attempted to "chase" tornadoes for research purposes in and around Oklahoma's infamous Tornado Alley. 

Taylor, who had studied meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, starred as a driver on the show and often accompanied Reed Timmer as they chased storms. He was with the show until it was canceled in 2012.

A number of Taylor's colleagues who worked on Storm Chasers as well as people in the storm-chaser community took to social media to pay tribute to him on Tuesday.