KGBT meteorologist Alex Herbst died Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. He was 26.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a member of our CBS4 family,” said Linda Guerrero Deicla, station general manager, in a news release. “Alex was intelligent, funny and a pleasure to work with.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including his mother, Jan, and his brother, Mathew.”
Herbst earned a master’s degree in geosciences from Mississippi State University before joining the weather team for CBS 4 in June 2018.
“Alex was always willing to help everyone in the newsroom,” said Amy Sullivan, CBS 4 news director, in the release. “He was the most positive person, always had a joke or witty comeback for everyone.”
Herbst incorporated experiments into his broadcasts, usually documenting the effects of heat on food and objects.
Sorry folks, severe weather cut our experiment short…but we have results!
— Alex Herbst (@AlexHerbstWX) August 26, 2019
4:45 PM – No change in the conditions inside the car. Will we see some hard and crusty makeup, or will it be salvaged? Find out coming up on CBS 4 Valley This Weekend at 5:30. #SundayScience #RGVwx pic.twitter.com/C0eDxl0Yb2
— Alex Herbst (@AlexHerbstWX) September 1, 2019
In a recent Tweet, Herbst said if he wasn’t a weatherman, he’d likely be a politician.
“I’d probably run for public office,” he wrote. “I love helping people and trying to make a difference in my community.
“And of course fighting for what I believe in.”
— Alex Herbst (@AlexHerbstWX) September 9, 2019