Memphis weatherman Brian Teigland passes away - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis weatherman Brian Teigland passes away

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Brian Teigland (courtesy ABC24/CW30) Brian Teigland (courtesy ABC24/CW30)

Brian Teigland, a long-time weather forecaster on Memphis television, passed away early Friday morning.

Teigland, 53, became ill in his home overnight. Paramedics from the Memphis Fire Department could not revive him, and he was later pronounced dead at Germantown Methodist Hospital.

For more than two decades, Teigland was a fixture on Mid-South television.  From his early years with WREG, to more recently as Chief Meteorologist at WPTY, Teigland brought his own style to each and every weather cast.

Friday, Teigland's friends and colleagues were saddened by the news.

"The thing about Teigland, doing the weather was that, the guy you knew in person was the guy you saw on television.  He was just as cool and laid back and causal with his weather presentation as he was in person," said Action News 5's Ron Childers.  "That was the great thing about watching him on television - you got the feeling he was talking to you an individual, took it seriously (and) loved the weather, but at the same time, he had this relaxed, casual approach to it."

Teigland was a man of many hats.  Viewers knew him as a trusted weather man, but to his colleagues and friends, he was a caring father, a loyal husband and a great friend.
 
"He was a real cut-up," said Action News 5's Bill Lunn, who worked with Teigland for several years at WPTY. "He was very quick...very sharp.  If you were around him you were going to laugh, because you were going to get on some silly subject, and Brian was going to come up with a zinger that would put you on the floor laughing.  There had been many times that I would be laying on the floor in the weather office laughing, just because he was that funny of a guy."

Brian Teigland is survived by his wife and three children.

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ABC24/UPN 30 issued the following release about Teigland's passing:

Eyewitness News Everywhere meteorologist Brian Teigland suddenly passed away this morning of natural causes.
 
Brian has been a favorite Mid-South weatherman and TV personality for more than 2 decades, and has been a member of the Eyewitness News Everywhere team since December 1994. He was very active in our community working with students of all ages and countless civic and church groups.
 
Brian was one of a rare breed in our industry.  He cared more about others than himself.  He was a loved and respected father to his children, a loving and loved husband, and a caring and compassionate friend to all those about whom he cared.  It is hard to describe the incredible feeling of loss we have inside our newsroom today, because it isn't just about losing a co-worker.  It’s about losing someone we loved who was in the prime of his life. 

To say that we will miss Brian, more for what he did off the air than what he did on it, does not do justice to the grief and pain we all feel right now.  There will be a huge void on our newscasts when it’s time for weather.  There is an even bigger void in our hearts.  The thoughts and prayers of the entire Eyewitness News Everywhere family go out to Brian’s loving wife Cindy, their children, and his extended family.  We hope the entire Memphis area will offer the same.
 
Brian is survived by his wife and 3 children, two daughters and a son. 
 

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