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Detroit TV Meteorologist Jessica Starr Died by Hanging, Medical Examiner Says

Meteorologist died at age 35

Detroit TV meteorologist Jessica Starr, whose death was reported Thursday, hanged herself, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office in Michigan told TheWrap on Thursday.

A representative for the medical examiner’s office said that Starr’s cause of death was hanging, while the manner of death was determined to be suicide.

Starr was 35.

Starr’s station, WJBK Fox 2 in Detroit, addressed her death Thursday, calling the news “heartbreaking.”

“Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life,” the station said on Twitter. “All of us here are in shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us.”

Starr had maintained active social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook before her death, and had spoken about her difficulty recovering from Lasik SMILE eye surgery in October.

“Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but I need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time. Will keep you updated,” she said in her last Twitter post almost a month ago.

Born in Southfield, Michigan and raised in Commerce Township, Starr had two meteorology degrees, one from Michigan State University and another from Mississippi State University.

She is survived by her husband and their two children.