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Tim Samaras

'Storm Chasers' Star Dies

Chasing Oklahoma Tornado

6/2/2013 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0602_tim_samarasTim Samaras -- one of the stars of the Discovery Channel show "Storm Chasers" -- was one of the nine people who died Friday in the tragic tornados that hit Oklahoma. 

Samaras' son Paul, and colleague Carl Young, died with Samaras while chasing a tornado, relatives told CNN.

Samaras' brother Jim posted on his Facebook page, "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."

Samaras and his team were part of the show for its final three seasons, before being cancelled in 2012.

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(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

That Blows.

404 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Why do people say "He died doing what he loved"? He probably died in terror while he was flying through the air being ripped to shreds by shrapnel and impacts from heavy flying objects. I'm sure he wasn't happy about it.

404 days ago
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Namaste    

I live in Oklahoma and very close to where Friday's Tornadoes happened.. Heck the streets around my house are still flooded.. Storm chasers here have been getting more and more bold over the years.. getting closer and closer to try to get the best shots and not being careful like they should.. it's not a contest or a race and they need to stop the foolishness...

404 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

Ah, the risk of stupidity, sorry to say it, but it's true.

404 days ago
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NobodySpecial    

Haven't seen/heard a word of this on the weather channel or weather.com what a bunch of douchebags.

404 days ago
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Chris    

Tim Samaras was one of the most respected and knowledgeable chasers around.

He always conducted himself in a responsible manner, but that didn't change certain realities in his pursuit of scientific research.

Sometimes the bear gets you.

RIP Tim, Paul, Carl. You will be missed.

404 days ago
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MysticalFlute    

This is why it's a stupid idea to run around chasing tornadoes!! We have radar, helicopters... we don't NEED storm chasers to tell us where a tornado is now.

404 days ago
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Squatting Thunder    

idiots

404 days ago
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train wreck    

stupid is as stupid does...

404 days ago
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Bamagirl8567    

For all of you who calls them idiots, they are heroes, they saved lives

404 days ago
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Karen    

This is heart breaking news!! Anyone who saw him on "Storm Chasers" knows Tim Samaras & his team worked so hard to get scientific information to help people & prevent loss of life & homes. He was so cautious. Not a big risk taker....well other then doing the chasing. My condolences to their families.

404 days ago
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mommyto1    

They weren't invincible. What they did for a living killed them. For what? To get a getter picture of a tornado? When mother nature is pissed, she will get whoever is in her way. Is it sad? Yes. Could it have been prevented? Yes.

404 days ago
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NatTurner    

Is chasing a storm anything like chasing a gang member?

404 days ago
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Joe    

You pieces of **** wouldn't understand what he has done scientifically because you're too caught up with your Pop Star bull****. This guy did what he did to help as a way to better understand them and save lives with earlier warning systems. He wasn't a waste of life like you pieces of ****. **** off, that man still is a hero, even in death.. You're on your couch like a bitch with no set of balls.

404 days ago
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jennielynn6787    

They knew there was a risk to it yes, but it doesn't make it any less sad! If everyone were big *****s and never chased storms then we would not have gotten as advanced and knowledgeable as we are about tornados! Sirens wouldn't be going off in time and they would be a lot harder to predict so we wouldn't have the warnings that we do! Honestly some of their research could have saved your lives, so instead of critizising them how about thanking them for risking their lives for everyone else!

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