A Michigan meteorologist has passed away after she apparently took her own life on Wednesday, according to an announcement from the station she worked for.
FOX2 reports that meteorologist Jessica Starr, a Michigan native, committed suicide, leaving behind a loving family and shocked colleagues. Before her death, Starr had Lasik SMILE eye surgery, and often spoke publicly on how she continuously struggled with dry eyes afterward, which caused her to miss work for weeks at the Detroit FOX station.
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
“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 tweeted in November.
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. 🙏🏻
— Jessica Starr (@Jstarrfox2) November 14, 2018
Starr had the surgery in October and returned to work for one day in November, but she apparently needed more time to recover.
The meteorologist also had issues with hate emails and letters after the birth of her youngest child in 2015. According to the station, Starr addressed the public concerning nasty comments regarding her weight gain during pregnancy.
“We’re in the public eye, and you have to have a thick skin to be in the media. That’s just part of it, and I’m okay with that. You can not like the hair today; we’re used to that. You can not like the makeup, the outfit, that’s fine. Doesn’t bother me….But, I got a hand-written letter saying that it looks like I’m about to deliver an elephant, and, ‘Isn’t it about time you start your [maternity] leave?’ And I just think that’s crossing the line.”
Starr is survived by her husband, Dan; son, Noah; 5, and daughter, Riley, 4. She received meteorology degrees from both Michigan State University and Mississippi State University. It’s unclear if she left behind a note. The manner in which she took her own life is also unclear at this point.
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If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 800-273-8255, or text 741-741.
[Feature Photo: Jessica Starr/Facebook, Twitter]