Matt Hughes, who passed away earlier this year on May 26th in Wichita, Kansas, was memorialized last night on the final episode of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers.
Although Hughes’ death was unrelated to the show, his suicide was related to depression and drinking. He died days after being hospitalized for his suicide attempt. Hanging was his cause of death, following failed complications and attempts.
The network stated that “a featured meteorologist on Storm Chasers passed away on May 26th, 2010, in Wichita, Kansas, due to an injury unrelated to his chasing activities. Sean, Reed, Tim and everyone involved in Storm Chasers mourn the loss of their friend and colleague.” Last night’s episode featured “Matt’s incredible last chase and is dedicated to his memory.”
Meterologist and friend Aaron Blaser who had worked with Hughes for many years blogged, “What a lot of us didn’t know was that he suffered from depression. While the professional side of Matt was going fine, his personal life was nothing but…
An accumulation of issues at home were mounting, and he kept it to himself until the end. His friends and I will never know what he was truly thinking, will never know if there was something we could’ve done, will never know if anything could’ve been done…”
The storm chaser had seen an estimated 100 tornadoes in 15 years and died shortly after filming his final sequence. Producers said that it was “the best tornado intercept ever.” Hughes left behind his wife Kendra and two sons Collin and Hunter. The Discovery Channel has set up a memorial fund for the stars’ two sons.