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'Storm Chasers' Star Committed Suicide

11/4/2010 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Storm Chasers" just revealed one of its stars, Matt Hughes, died earlier this year -- and TMZ has learned his death was a suicide -- the result of a hanging.

Matt Hughes Storm Chaser death
At the end of last night's episode of the Discovery reality show viewers were told Hughes died in May due to complications from a fatal injury at his home in Kansas.

TMZ confirmed with Valley Center PD ... on May 14 they responded to a suicide call at Hughes' home.  According to the police report, officers concluded Matt, who was still breathing, was drinking before the suicide attempt.

We're told Matt was taken to a local hospital -- but passed away 13 days later.  The Medical Examiner's report lists "Hanging" as the cause of death.

110510_storm_chasers_tmz_tv2Last night's episode was dedicated to Matt -- and we're told Discovery has set up a memorial fund for Matt's wife and two sons. 

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FlamingoNut    

I was wondering what the "fatal accident" really meant. I feel sorry for his wife & kids, and now see no need to watch the next episode where they're going to be reminiscing. I have little sympathy for those that end their lives. And yes, I do know what it feels like to know someone that committed suicide.

1427 days ago
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Muppet    

How very sad for his family. RIP.

1427 days ago
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tyler    

What kind of man commits suicide with two little kids?

1427 days ago
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DizzKid    

Storm chasing / committing suicide. Irony strikes again!

1427 days ago
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Tom Jones    

Maybe the other guy being an argumentative p ric k didn't help at all.

1427 days ago
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dkm909    

Suicide/Crisis Chat

Are you in crisis? Please call 1-800-273-TALK

http://www.crisischat.org/

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

1427 days ago
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CanCan    

@sloppy seconds...who said anything about him seeking fame? because he is on tv doesn't mean that he went looking for it. speak for yourself when you talk about selfish pricks.

regards to his family

1427 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

another lost soul who never achieved his dreams of becoming a banker

1427 days ago
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M.T.    

People don't just commit suicide without any prior signs, there are always cries for help. Some signs are subtle like suicide jokes or change in personality and some obvious like drinking to excess, taking dangerous risks and pushing loved ones away. Most of the time friends and family are too selfish or busy to sit down with a person and help them or they just blow it off as "drama". Even sitting down with someone doesnt always help, but at the very least you can say "I did what I could"... Take care of each other.

1427 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

if you commit suicide you go straight to hell,,thats what god says..unless your a towle head ..then you go to allah land and get to hang with a bunch of virgins and good smoke...

1427 days ago
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Dragon    

this is to all you a**holes out there that just dont get it. Matt was doing something that may or may not have to do with where you live but where i live im greatful for what he has been doing to make it safer for us that live in places that tornadoes do strike. his work is helping to make warning times better so that people like myself do end up hurt or killed. Also all you people out there talking s**t bout him have some respect for his family and shut your mouths and keep your heartless and cold comments to yourself. RIP Matt you will be missed and the show will never be the same without you. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Oh yeah and one more note i hope that all you people that have horrible things to say about matt are either in or get to see the complete destruction of a tornado up close. only then can you talk s**t.

1427 days ago
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Andrea    

I think it's sad that you did not respect the wishes of his family to keep this private. It seemed clear yesterday on the show and the reports swirling on the internet that the family did not want this to be public. We don't have to know every little bit of people's personal lives and struggles. smh

1427 days ago
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D    

Like your comment, Dragon #16. I totally agree.

1427 days ago
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Ree    

Selfish, selfish, selfish.

1427 days ago
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Tailee Raine    

All of these comments make me sick..If someone commits suicide its because they aren't in their right mind anymore... DON'T speak about something and make nasty comments about something you have no idea about. Depression is a serious illness and most of the time not taken serious enough..as far as this comment..

People don't just commit suicide without any prior signs, there are always cries for help. Some signs are subtle like suicide jokes or change in personality and some obvious like drinking to excess, taking dangerous risks and pushing loved ones away. Most of the time friends and family are too selfish or busy to sit down with a person and help them or they just blow it off as "drama". Even sitting down with someone doesnt always help, but at the very least you can say "I did what I could"... Take care of each other.

Do you honestly think any family member is selfish for not taking the time to help them or see signs? They have no IDEA what is going on because anyone depressed enough to really take their own life will not talk about it BECAUSE they don't want to burden people or they are too ashamed to talk about it..Sure they might pull away from people or show little signs of depression..we all get down in life you never think someone you love is going to take their own life. Do you think his wife said oh, hes dramatic I don't have time for him right now or just blew if off..

How can any of you sit there and judge anyone for taking their own life when you have never suffered enough to know what its like to be so depressed or feel so worthless you take your own life..NONE of you knew what mental state this guy was in OR what he was dealing with in life..

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