Samaras’ son Paul and associate Carl Young also died while chasing Friday’s EF3 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma.
The Weather Channel confirmed the passing of Samaras on Sunday, issuing the following statement:
“It was with great sadness that The Weather Channel learned of the passing of Tim and Paul Samaras and Carl Young as a result of the El Reno Tornado. Many of us were fortunate to have worked with them and have great admiration for their work. They went in the field focused on collecting data to enable meteorologists to further the science behind tornadoes which we know has and will help to save countless lives. Our community has suffered a terrible loss and our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones.”
“Storm Chasers” was cancelled by Discovery in 2012 after five seasons.