Storm Chasers star Matt killed himself in May

A star of Discovery’s Storm Chasers killed himself in May, but Matt Hughes’ death was made public on last night’s episode of the show. He served as a meteorologist and forecaster for Sean Casey’s team.

On its web site, Discovery says that Matt, “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,” the network said.

TMZ reports that last May 14, police “responded to a suicide call at Hughes’ home. According to the police report, officers concluded Matt, who was still breathing, was drinking before the suicide attempt,” and while he was hospitalized, he died “13 days later. The Medical Examiner’s report lists ‘Hanging’ as the cause of death.”

A June blog post on KAKE’s web site (via Popeater) memorialized Matt and said Matt “was taken to the hospital after trying to take his life” and adds that “there was never any illegal activity, but an accumulation of issues at home were mounting, and he kept it to himself until the end.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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