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Former Memphis Wrestling color comentator Brian Teigland died suddenly Friday at the age of 53. The following article from the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis was published (Friday), but failed to mention his contribution to the Memphis pro wrestling scene.

Local weatherman Brian Teigland dies
By Michael Lollar
Friday, July 25, 2008

Brian Teigland was as comfortable belting out a Frank Sinatra standard as he was predicting the whims of the weather, but it was as a TV weather forecaster that he became a household name in Memphis for almost 30 years.
Mr. Teigland, 53, died early Friday after a short illness, bringing to a close a career he loved with friends recalling him as a fun-loving prankster with a made-for-TV personality.

“Brian never took his work for granted or that he was blessed with this chance to be on television,” said Eyewitness News Everywhere news anchor Cameron Harper, who worked with Mr. Teigland at WPTY-TV Channel 24 and WLMT-TV Channel 30.

“He had a personality that leaped right through the television camera onto the screen, and he loved the weather. He believed deep in his heart that what he did was his calling, and he took it very seriously,” Harper said.
He said Mr. Teigland had been hospitalized during the last two weeks and had returned to work briefly, but went home early.

“I talked to him at 8:15 (Thursday night). He said, ‘I’m feeling under the weather, but I think I’ll be back on Monday.'”

Jim Turpin, Mr. Teigland’s news director, had worked with him when Turpin was an intern and Mr. Teigland a weather forecaster at WREG-TV Channel 3 in the 1980s. Although he’d become a fixture as a weatherman, Mr. Teigland “went back to school four years ago and got his meteorology degree at Mississippi State University. He did it online, but he went down there and took the exams.”

Turpin said Mr. Teigland had been ill “off and on for the last couple of weeks. I met with him Wednesday morning, and he wanted to come back, but I told him to stay home and take care of himself. That was just typical Brian.”
His wife, Cindi, said the cause of death has not yet been determined. He had been treated for diverticulitis, but had returned home before becoming seriously ill.

She said he had gone for treatment more than once this week without finding a specific cause for continuing problems. He grew worse early Friday and was pronounced dead at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

Mr. Teigland, originally of Randall, Iowa, grew up as a “ham,” his family said. He was in several school plays and loved to sing. Former WREG co-worker Earle Farrell said that in addition to singing Sinatra at karaoke, he had a flair for music.

“He once bought all these musical instruments,” Farrell said. “I asked him if he played them. He said, ‘No, but I’m going to learn.'”

Former WPTY weather forecaster Joey Sulipeck, now at WHBQ-TV Channel 13, said Mr. Teigland had a generous spirit as his mentor and “a raw talent for putting people at ease or trying to make people laugh. He knew how to reach any audience.”

Mr. Teigland leaves a sister, Diane Clark of Minneapolis; two brothers, Larry Teigland, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Gary Teigland of McComb, Ill.; two daughters, Sydney and Brittney; and a son, Taylor. Services are incomplete. Mr. Teigland had arranged to donate his body to the Medical Education and Research Institute through its Legacy of Life Donor Program.

Farrell helped set up a “Brian Teigland Family Trust” on Friday through the Bank of Bartlett to accept donations for Mr. Teigland’s family. Donations can be made through any Bank of Bartlett branch.

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You can see his picture and profile at this link.

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