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Joel Taylor's Apparent Overdose On Royal Caribbean Cruise Triggers FBI Investigation

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UPDATE 6:37 P.M. EST: After concluding the death was not the result of violence, the FBI has dropped their investigation, passing it back to local police. Should cops suspect foul play down the road, the FBI could enter the scene again.


Joel Taylor's apparent overdose has prompted the FBI to chase down whoever supplied the drugs that allegedly led to his death.

As we reported, the Storm Chasers star had been doing GHB during a wild party on a Royal Caribbean ship late Monday night when he fell unconscious. He was carried into his cabin and left there, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday morning.

Law enforcement sources are now telling TMZ that huge quantities of party drugs were found on board the ship — including cocaine, ecstasy, and GHB — and the FBI wants answers as to how the illegal substances got on board, as well as who supplied them.

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Several people were arrested before the Harmony of the Seas left the Ft. Lauderdale port, the sources added.

Passengers tell the outlet that drugs were flowing freely among many passengers the night Taylor apparently OD'd. After the reality star's death, there was reportedly lot of commotion involving drugs when the boat docked in Puerto Rico.

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Police Suspect Drug Overdose In Death Of Storm Chasers Star

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Fans of the Discovery Channel were heartbroken on Wednesday morning by the news Storm Chasers star Joel Taylor had passed away. But also baffled as he was so young.

Now it appears the 38-year-old's death at sea — he was aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Harmony of the Seas — may have been drug-related.

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Law enforcement sources told TMZ:

"It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances."

A fellow passenger also told the outlet Joel was on GHB and lost consciousness while dancing — and had to be removed from the floor by two people.

Joel was discovered in his cabin while the ship was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Such a tragedy.

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Storm Chasers Star Joel Taylor Dead At 38

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Joel Taylor, who starred in the Discovery Channel series Storm Chasers, died on Tuesday at the age of 38.

The cause of Joel's death has not been revealed, although it is not believed to be storm chasing related.

Photos: Actors Who Died Tragically Young

The Elk City, Oklahoma native's friends shared the sad news on social media. Reed Timmer, Joel's best friend and former costar, paid tribute to his storm chasing partner with a touching message on Twitter, writing:

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Storm Chasers Pay Incredible Tribute To Twister Star Bill Paxton

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Bill Paxton had a lot of iconic roles for film fans to fave — undersea explorer Brock from Titanic, hysterical space marine Hudson from Aliens, a-hole big brother Chet from Weird Science.

But for storm chasers, he'll always be Bill Harding.

In the hit film Twister, Paxton gave the tornado hunting scientists their first depiction on the big screen — and it was a damn heroic one at that!

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So to pay tribute to the late actor, storm chasers from all over the country came together using Facebook to pay their respects in a very unique way — using their Spotter Network markers to spell out a special message.

See the entire awesome process (below):

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Storm Chasers Star Commits Suicide, Memorialized In Final Episode

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Star of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers veteran meteorologist Matt Hughes was memorialized in his final episode of the show.

He died on May 26th at only 30 years old. The episode, entitled Dedication, detailed his last storm chase.

A friend wrote the following about Hughes' death:

"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."

So sad.

His Discovery Channel bio read:

"Matt has had a life-long fascination with extreme weather. Last year, Matt forecasted for the TIV team in the follow vehicle, Doghouse. This season, Matt is out of the Doghouse and in the navigation seat of the TIV, hoping to guide Sean to a perfect tornado intercept."

Tragic.

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