Months after the death of Joel Taylor, the cause of death of the Discovery's Storm Chasers star has finally been revealed. According to TMZ report, The late actor died of an accidental overdose of MDMA.
According to the lab tests done by the Bureau of Forensic Sciences of Puerto Rico, the meteorologist’s cause of death has been determined as MDMA drug poisoning. As per the report, lab reports also showed traces of ketamine in Joel's system.
This comes five months after the former reality star passed away at the age of 38 while aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on January 23.
According to another passenger aboard the cruise, Joel died while on the dance floor the night before his passing. He was carried back to his room by two people.
Following his death, in a statement to US Weekly, the cruise ship spoke out,
We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the 38-year-old male guest from the United States who died while onboard Harmony of the Seas.
The statement continued,
As is our standard procedure, law enforcement was notified and responded to the ship when it arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, January 23. A member of our Care Team is providing support and assistance to his family.
Joel's fellow Storm Chasers co-star Reed Timmer was the first to announce the death of his friend via Twitter.
Along with the photos of Joel, he wrote at the time,
RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend. We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend.
RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend. We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I'll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend pic.twitter.com/htN45t8wik
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 24, 2018
Discovery also shared the sad news on Facebook.
His body was released three days after his death. In the following week, Joel was laid to rest in his hometown after a funeral service at the First Baptist Church of Elk City, Oklahoma.