The on-air meteorologist, who was familiar to Weather Channel viewers for years before his death, was memorialized in a touching post on the network's Facebook page, where the channel wrote:
"It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to let you know that Dave Schwartz has passed away. He was a fan and staff favorite because he so obviously loved what he did and had a unique ability to draw viewers into the fascinating world of weather. His passion for weather was contagious and inspired many to enter the field of meteorology. His passion and love of weather will never be forgotten, he will be greatly missed."
Ten years ago, Schwartz was given just a year to live due to pancreatic cancer, but radiation, chemotherapy, and a procedure to remove the tumor helped him beat the horrible disease.
Just months after that, he found that his pancreatic cancer had returned, and yet he found treatment again and beat the disease a second time.
Then, last year, he was diagnosed with cancer for a third time.
So what does exec producer Selena Gomez think of all this controversy? It's pretty much what she was going for. She told the AP:
"We stayed very true to the book and that's initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story, and I think that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, that's going to come no matter what. It's not an easy subject to talk about, but I'm very fortunate with how it's doing. I'm overwhelmed. I'm very proud of it."
Whatever your reaction to the show, it is getting a lot more people to talk about the problem of teen suicide.