'Storm Chaser' remembered with 'Dedication' episode
November 4th, 2010
05:56 PM ET

'Storm Chaser' remembered with 'Dedication' episode

There was unexpected news folded into last night’s episode of the Discovery channel reality show, “Storm Chasers.”

After watching meteorologist Matt Hughes triumphantly track down a tornado in the fourth episode of the season, viewers learned that Hughes had passed away in Wichita, Kansas, on May 26.

According to a statement posted on the network's website, he died "due to an injury unrelated to his chasing activities."

Hughes’ “Storm Chasers” cast mate and fellow meteorologist, Reed Timmer, told CNN that “Matt will be forever missed in Tornado Alley.”

Timmer added, “He was a great friend and his passion for storm chasing and meteorology was unmatched by anyone.”

The network added, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family, and we ask fans to kindly respect their privacy. A special memorial fund has been established to benefit Matt's two young sons."

To find out more, and to check future listings if you missed last night's episode, head over to the Discovery channel's website.


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  1. Hmmm

    Reed Timmer is such a jealous debutante he probabaly cracked this guy in the back of the head with a sledge hammer.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cam

    man i just cant belive this to matts family and frends may me rest in peace and may he watch down on us all

    November 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. adam w

    What a tragic and sad situation. I've fought with depression most of my life and it's horrible. You can be surrounded by friends and family and still feel like no one understand you or really cares, even if they actually do care. I don't know what was going on with Matt, but I hope his family finds peace in the fact that he brought happiness to a lot of people. You couldn't watch the show and not think he was a genuinely nice guy.

    November 5, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa Benton

    What a sad, tragic loss for his family and all of the viewers who enjoyed his show. His public persona was obviously very different from what really went on his personal life. I have written an article on the less predictable suicides or the "sleepers" here: http://maverickmom.com/wordpress/2010/11/farewell-to-matt-hughes-the-storm-chaser/

    Farewell, Matt.

    November 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wade

    This is very sad indeed, the following is no hoax. After the sad news was displayed on the TV screen last night, one or two regular chasers were looking up into the clouds. Take a look at the last few minutes of this program and look at the clouds, you will see a very good picture of Matt in the clouds. Matt is truly looking back down at us, God bless Matt.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anne

    It's sad when someone leading such an exciting and adrenalin charged life, that a lot of us would love to do, dies too early.

    November 4, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hannah

    We will miss him he wuz so qood to Storm Chasers! iLuv him he is my IDOL!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kathy

    May the Hughes family be consoled with peace from our loving God. Everyone who watched "Storm Chasers" will miss Matt very much. My heart sank as if I had lost one of my own family members. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.
    Kathy, Topeka

    November 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Holly

    You should really be careful what you post for millions to read about somebody; especially when it comes to their death. Family members and freinds could very well read the article and they don't need someone like you casting negativity on something that is already unbearable.
    You saw the public image, the image he wanted you to see. You saw the job, show and family. What happened off camera is something you have no idea about. It's very unfair to judge somebody based upon YOUR perception.

    His children will miss him as will the rest of his family and I sincerely hope they can overlook your lack of sympathy and complete disregard for their feelings in what is probably one of the hardest times in their lives.

    The real Randall Flagg from the books would be embarassed you used his name as would Stephen King.

    November 5, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. mandy

    That is a horrible thing to say. My sister took her life, and you must have never lost someone u love. Matt was a great storm chaser and his friends and family lost someone they love way to early. Please be careful what u say, to call him pathetic is sickening.

    November 6, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. have some compassion

    until you've walked in someone's shoes you have no idea what their life is like. Like holly said it's a matter of perception. don't be an ass

    November 6, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. mm1986

    Wow, how can you say something so ignorant? Matt accomplished more in his short time chasing than you've done in your entire life. Seems to me that you're a pathetic waste.

    November 7, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |

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