39-year-old meteorologist Nick Wiltgen died on Sunday after a car accident in Atlanta. His death was confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE from Cameron Clayton, President of Product and Technology at The Weather Company.
“We have lost a treasured member of The Weather Channel family. Nick Wiltgen was at Weather for more than 15 years as a senior digital meteorologist and integral member of our content team,” the statement read. “Millions read his work every week and were better for it. He was a dedicated, passionate member of our family and we will miss him deeply. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his family and friends.”
Colleagues of Wiltgen also took to twitter to remember their co-worker.
“Saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague @WxNick.” fellow meteorologist Mark Elliot tweeted on Monday. “Our wx facts will never be as full. You will be truly missed.”
According to the New York Daily News Wiltgen died while gathering news on the recent snowstorm that hit the east coast. He reportedly slammed his car into a parking garage and investigators believe the car was “travelling at a high rate of speed before it hit the wall.”
In a further statement to the NYDN Clayton remembered Wiltgen for his work ethic and how he loved his work.
“He loved his job and made us better,” the email said. “At The Weather Channel, there are a lot of people who love weather, and Nick was certainly one of those, but Nick really loved this job because he cared about people. No one took the mission of keeping people safe from big storms more to heart than Nick.
“At all hours of the night and day, he would track weather in as many as eight languages,” the message said. “He would work around the clock to make sure we had the latest and most accurate updates to every event. And he would fight tooth and nail to make sure we did everything we could to explain the dangers of bad weather to our viewers.”