Detroit’s local WJBK Fox 2 television station is reeling after the channel’s meteorologist, Jessica Starr, took her own life in an apparent suicide.
“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 Thursday. “All of us here are in shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us.”
Starr, 35, had maintained active social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook after before her death 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.
On air Thursday, Starr’s colleagues expressed their own shock and disbelief after her passing, rereading the channel’s statement and talking about their own feelings.
“Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life,” said colleague Amy Andrews. “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.”
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.
See Twitter tributes to her below.
If you ever met Jessica in person, you probably saw what we saw every day – bright blue eyes and a sparkling smile. Jessica was genuinely one of the funniest, sweetest persons we ever knew. We miss you so much Jessica: https://t.co/TT4o7epvWV #JessicaStarr
– FOX 2 Detroit (@FOX2News) December 13, 2018
My co-workers and I learned last night that our friend and colleague Jessica Starr took her life. Although Jessica and I worked on opposite ends of the schedule, she always made a point to ask about my kids whenever our paths crossed. She was a kind…https://t.co/tcK56VIYxq pic.twitter.com/JliitQb3mH
– Randy Wimbley (@RandyWFOX2) December 13, 2018
– Kellie Rowe (@kellierowe) December 13, 2018
The words shock and heartbreak don’t come close. She was smart, hilarious, bubbly and beautiful — inside and out. Please pray for her family and also her @FOX2News family: FOX 2 meteorologist Jessica Starr passes away https://t.co/4c7FPB3gJG pic.twitter.com/iGgxhIw6yn
– Erika Erickson (@FOX2Erika) December 13, 2018