Outdoor Channel host Jose Wejebe dies in plane crash

Jose Wejebe (pictured), the 54-year-old host of Outdoor Channel's weekly saltwater fishing show Spanish Fly, has been killed in a plane crash.
April 9, 2012

Jose Wejebe (pictured), the 54-year-old host of Outdoor Channel’s weekly saltwater fishing show Spanish Fly, has been killed in a plane crash.

Wejebe, a certified private pilot, was killed on Friday (April 6) when the aircraft he was piloting crashed, having stalled just after taking off from the Everglades City Airport, according to reports.

A statement released from the Outdoor Channel on Friday said: “It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart as we mourn the loss of an important member of the Outdoor Channel family tonight… the entire Outdoor Channel family is shocked, saddened and stunned.”

Spanish Fly, which originally aired on ESPN in 1995 before moving to Outdoor Channel, saw Wejebe taking viewers on visual fishing journeys throughout the world, to countries such as Venezuela, Costa Rica and Brazil. The show was produced by Mike McKinnis of JM Associates and sponsored by Mercury Marine.

In a statement, Mercury Marine president Mark Schwabero said: “Jose’s death obviously comes as a terrible shock and will create a huge gap not only in the world of fishing, but also in everyone who knew Jose or benefited from his kind generosity and remarkable perspective.

“He was a great friend of this company and a wonderful person. He will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”

Wejebe is survived by his daughter, Kristin, and his ex-wife, Lynne Calero.

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