Fans of Discovery Channel's hit reality series, "Storm Chasers," were understandably shocked yesterday when the most recent episode, titled "Dedication," memorialized meteorologist and storm chaser Matt Hughes.
With no explanation behind the death, many were left wondering if the 30-year-old had perished on the job, doing what he loved. In reality, Hughes died at home the same weekend (May 26) of his last chase from what's being reported as a failed suicide attempt. From PopEater:
A June 7 blog post from Wichita's ABC affiliate KAKE-TV, written by Hughes' friend and former colleague, reads: "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."
Discovery established a memorial fund to benefit Hughes' young sons. Donations can be made to:
Matthew John Hughes Memorial Fund
c/o Intrust Bank
142 North Ash
Valley Center, Kansas 67147
See a preview of Matt's final episode below: