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Fox 2 Detroit Meteorologist Jessica Starr passes away

Posted: 1:58 PM, Dec 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 20:58:59Z
Jessica Starr Fox 2 anchor suicide

DETROIT — Jessica Starr, a meteorologist for WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in Detroit, took her own life, according to a tweet released by the station Thursday.

NOTE: If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, please see the bottom of this article for helpful resources.

“Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life. All of us are in shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us,” the Tweet stated. Staff members were informed of Starr's death late Wednesday.

Starr, 35, grew up in Michigan, and lived in Novi, Michigan while working at Channel 2.

According to her biography on Channel 2's website, Starr attended Michigan State University and Mississippi State University, where she received two meteorology degrees.

Members of the Fox 2 morning team gathered on Thursday to speak to viewers about Starr's death.

They also took to social media to express their shock, grief and condolences.

Suicide a complex issue and there are a number of causes, including the potential of pyschiatric illnesses that have not been treated or recognized.

In fact, 1 in 5 adults, or 43.8 million adults, experience a mental illness in a given year, per the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

These illnesses are treatable and help is available on the local and national level.

Suicidal thoughts do not mean one is flawed or weak, learn about the warning signs and risks, via the NAMI website.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).