Detroit’s local WJBK Fox 2 channel aired a touching video montage Thursday night paying tribute to Jessica Starr, the meteorologist who took her own life earlier this week.
“She was a beloved wife and mother, and just a bright spot in all of our lives,” reporter Ryan Ermanni said while introducing the package in memory of the 35-year-old mother of two.
Earlier Thursday, a representative for the medical examiner’s office told TheWrap that Starr’s cause of death was hanging, while the manner of death was determined to be suicide.
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The poignant video highlighted Starr’s eight years at the station, including on-air work and highlights of Starr joking around with her coworkers. Starr was a native Michigander that had landed her “dream job,” the channel said — something that brought immense pride to those that knew her well.
“She’s been a hometown hero to us for a long time,” Starr’s high school basketball coach Robert Schopf said. “Her picture with my basketball team has been on my wall for 18 years. And i have pointed out to students, that’s the Channel 2 weather person — look how she’s made it, look how well she’s doing.”
Starr attended Mississippi State University after graduating high school, eventually making her way to Detroit in 2010.
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Starr had previously complained about complications stemming from LASIK surgery in October. “Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time,” Starr said in her last tweet.
Her Fox 2 tribute on Thursday ended saying she was a “shining star — a light that will never fade in the eyes of the town she loved and called home.”
You can watch the video above.