His personable character, and genuine compassion made him an inspiration to many. Jose loved life, and there were few things that he wanted to learn that he didn’t pursue. Becoming a private pilot was one of those things. The freedom offered by flying, was comparable to being on the water. On April 6, 2012, friends, family, and fans were shocked to hear the tragic news. Shortly after take off Jose’s plane crashed in Everglades City. Jose was the only person in the plane, and he did not survive.
The loss of a man like Jose was tragic. Fans felt moved and connected to Jose. Friends lost a brother. As a family man Jose was the best son, brother, and father one could ever ask for. We were all inspired by Jose no matter what your relationship was with him. “Spanish Fly” was not Jose, it is a lifestyle. He shared his lifestyle with everyone who watched.
Jose Wejebe was more than a TV personality. He was an inspiration to thousands of friends, fans, and followers, creating a passion for fishing, boating, conservation and the ocean lifestyle that he so loved. His background and history tell a story of a passionate man who would have said that the Spanish Fly lives on in everyone who followed and loved him.