Storm Chaser Matt Hughes Dies Possible Suicide
On Wednesday November 10th, many “Storm Chaser,” viewers will be turning to the episode entitled “Dedication” which features the late Matt Hughes. His death leaves many confused and saddened. He did not die in the field doing his job, but instead by what many think may have been suicide or complications due to an attempt.
Hughes reportedly died five months ago in Wichita, Kansas. He died at the age of 30, May 26th, 2010 leaving behind a wife Kendra and two sons, Hunter and Collin. Although it has not been confirmed Hughes was said to have been dealing with a lot of personal issues and emotional conflicts. A friend of Hughes posted a blog saying that the brave man was suffering from depression. Domestic issues were piling up, and Hughes was only human.
Back in May Blogger Kake writes, “Matt Hughes, was taken to the hospital after trying to take his life. This sentence is still hard to explain and even more difficult to express on a computer screen. 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.”
Suicide is a major public health and is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and over 80% of people who take their own lives suffer from a mental condition either diagnosed or undiagnosed.
Matt Hughes, a meteorologist who was featured on the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers” is a highlight of the series the next episode. According to Discovery.com, a special episode of Storm Chasers called “dedication”; Matt has a tracking feature incredible “and is dedicated to his memory.” Hughes died five months ago in Wichita, Kansas, more than his hunting activities.
Hughes is known for running the “Dog House” vehicle which is seen accompanying the Tornado Intercept vehicle on the Storm chasers many adventures. The heartbreaking episode viewers will see his team struggle with his death.