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.
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“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.
Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life. All of us here are in shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us. https://t.co/hK31DaPwp0— FOX 2 Detroit (@FOX2News) December 13, 2018
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.
It is with a heavy heart that I post this. Our dear friend and colleague Jessica Starr has died. She leaves behind a husband, two beautiful children and a loving family. I send my deepest sympathies to her family. Our hometown girl will always be remembered fondly. pic.twitter.com/2EjWgG9KZc— Roop Raj (@rooprajfox2) December 13, 2018
Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life. Her Fox 2 family is deep shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent woman is gone. Keep her family in your prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief. pic.twitter.com/z4km8Tsb9K— Amy Andrews Fox 2 (@AmyAndrewsFOX2) December 13, 2018
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).
If you’re struggling, take the time you need today for self-care and reach out to someone you trust. Help is available, and you are not alone. Please call @800273TALK or text “Talk” to 741741. They’re here for you. pic.twitter.com/10snzgKOt2— American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (@afspnational) June 8, 2018