Tim Samaras, star of Discovery's 'Storm Chasers,' was one of the nine people killed by the latest tornado to wreak havoc in Oklahoma, which struck on Friday May 31.
CNN has recently reported that Samaras, a fifty-five year old man and television personality, was among the deceased, claimed by the tornado. Even more tragically, the storm also claimed the life of Samaras' twenty-four year old son, Paul, who was accompanying his father into the affected area in El Reno. Fellow storm chaser Carl Young, aged forty-five, was also with the Samaras family; Young also passed away from injuries sustained during the storm.
The Samaras family discussed the tragedy with CNN. Jim Samaras, brother to Tim and uncle to Paul, also took to Facebook and posted the following: "Thank you to everyone for the condolences. It truly is sad that we lost my great brother Tim and his great son, Paul. Our hearts also go out to the Carl Young family as well, as they are feeling the same feelings we are today. They all unfortunately passed away but doing what they LOVED. Chasing tornadoes. I look at it that he is in the 'big tornado in the sky..."
'Storm Chasers' aired for five years on Discovery, before being cancelled in 2012. A documentary series, 'Storm Chasers' followed several teams of dedicated storm researchers and documentarians, Samaras amongst them. Carl Young, Tim Samaras and Paul Samaras were all members of what they called the TWISTEX team of storm chasers, featured regularly over the life of the Discovery program. TWISTEX is an acronym for Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornados Experiment. The TWISTEX team contributed to dozens of academic publications on tornados and similar storms.
Representatives from Discovery released the following statement today: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Carl Young, Tim Samaras, and his son. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families."