PORTLAND, Maine — Tom Johnston, a former WSVN-Channel 7 weatherman, was found dead in the Maine wilderness last week, the victim of what cops say is a suicide.
Johnston, 46, a native of the Northeast, was working at a Portland station since moving from Florida three years ago.
In Maine, viewers appreciated his goofball antics while covering blizzards.
In Miami, Johnston was mostly known for the way he left WSVN in 2005 after two years as the main weekend weather anchor.
Johnston was fired on-the-spot one Saturday afternoon after grappling with fellow weatherman Jonathan Novack in the middle of the newsroom.
According to news reports at the time, Johnston and Novack were arguing about conflicting vacation days when Johnston eventually grabbed Novack by the neck. Novack was spotted running away from Johnston through the newsroom with his shirt ripped up.
Johnston, nicknamed TJ Thunder, stayed in Florida, and worked at the Fox affiliates in Fort Myers then Jacksonville, where he once forecast with a giant python squeezing his neck:
Johnston was the subject of a statewide search throughout Maine last week after a friend reported him missing Sunday.
While police have been shielding details of his discovery, the fact they were assisted by game and wildlife officers could indicate that Johnston’s car was discovered in the wilderness.
Officials didn’t say why they think Johnston’s death was a suicide and not the result of foul play.