Fox 2 Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr commits suicide at 35

Jessica Starr, a meteorologist for Detroit’s Fox 2 news, committed suicide Wednesday. She was 35.

Her colleagues shared the “heartbreaking” news to Twitter Thursday, noting they learned of her death the night before.

“All of us here are in shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us,” the tweet read.

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Starr, a Michigan native, received meteorology degrees from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University, and worked at stations in Baltimore and Lansing before landing at Fox 2.

She underwent Lasik eye surgery in October and was forced to take time off of work, a struggle she addressed in a Facebook video in early November.

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Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr took her own life on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

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Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr to… https://t.co/B1aAXYRFdR
Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life. Her Fox 2 family is deep shock… https://t.co/z8T4UaE6lX
It is with a heavy heart that I post this. Our dear friend and colleague Jessica Starr has died. She leaves behind… https://t.co/WNHmcSw6P0
The words shock and heartbreak don't come close. She was smart, hilarious, bubbly and beautiful -- inside and out.… https://t.co/O26giltUF1
We’ve lost a dear colleague and friend in @Jstarrfox2 - please If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call th… https://t.co/qvcUPNmkPO
We are heartbroken over the loss of our friend Jessica Starr. We pray for her family and will miss her every day. https://t.co/6MdTtdYCUq
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“I’m still healing… (but) I’m ready to get back to my life,” she said, noting that doctors told her it would take about three months before she felt 100% again.

Her final tweet came one day later, when she explained that the surgery was still affecting her day-to-day life.

“Update: 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 wrote Nov. 14.

Starr, who was married with a young daughter, Riley, and son, Noah, was remembered by her colleagues as “wonderful, bright and intelligent.”

“Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life,” morning anchor Amy Andrew wrote. “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.”

Anchor Roop Raj also took time to pen a tribute to Starr, writing that “our hometown girl will always be remembered fondly.”

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If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255.

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