“High Seas” where “high” is the operative word. An Atlantis gay cruise to the Caribbean left Discovery Channel’s Joel Taylor dead and gay porn star Dirk Caber hospitalized.
As has been reported, Taylor, 38, who starred in the Discovery show “Storm Chasers” passed away.
TMZ added that he died of a suspected drug overdose. “Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, “It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances.”
RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend. We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I'll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend pic.twitter.com/htN45t8wik
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 24, 2018
“A passenger who interacted with Joel tells TMZ, Joel had consumed enough GHB on the dance floor Tuesday that he was rendered unconscious and taken off the dance floor by 2 people and back to his room. Taylor was found unresponsive in his cabin Tuesday and law enforcement was alerted when the boat arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.”
We’re told among the drugs … Ecstasy and cocaine. Passengers even posted on social media when they were boarding that several people were arrested at the Ft. Lauderdale port — where the boat departed — for possession of drugs.
As the plugged in GayDailyHot first broke, Dirk & Jesse left the ship after Dirk was found unconscious and sent to a Puerto Rico hospital.
“Dirk and Jesse had a fight, causing Dirk to get drunk and pass out, only to later discover he had pneumonia, forcing the couple to leave the ship for a Puerto Rico hospital.”
From there, the blogosphere has chimed in everything from suggesting a “chemical incident” to serious mental anguish that led concerned passengers to contact members of the ship’s crew. Dirk was then found shortly, diagnosed with pneumonia and moved from the ship to the hospital.
[UPDATE] Queerty is now adding “We’re told the FBI is investigating the circumstances of Taylor’s death, how the drugs got on board and who supplied them.”
We wish Dirk a complete and very speedy recovery and comfort to the friends and family of Joel Taylor.
Of the things that qualify as news whether I like it or not, this ranks right up there.
Guys, take care of yourself, your partner, and your friends.