Fox 2 weather girl and co-host of The Nine Jessica Starr has taken her own life in an apparent suicide.
The mom-of-two worked as a meteorologist at WJBK FOX 2 in Detroit and had been off work since early November after having a Lasik SMILE eye surgery in October.
Starr described last month how the recovery was “brutal” and revealed she was suffering dry eyes as a side effect from her surgery.
She said at the time that she hoped to return to work at Fox 2, asking her friends and supporters to keep her in their prayers. However, the following day she posted a tweet saying she needed more time to recover.
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
FOX 2 Detroit and Jessica’s colleague Amy Andrews announced Jessica’s passing on Twitter this morning, revealing that she had died in a suicide.
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
Amy wrote: “Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life. Her Fox 2 family is deep shock and cannot believe such a wonderful, bright and intelligent woman is gone.”
f you or someone you know is hurting or needs to talk help is available 24/7. Call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-talk. pic.twitter.com/0LFVjqRqGv
— Amy Andrews Fox 2 (@AmyAndrewsFOX2) December 13, 2018
The meteorologist’s last Twitter and Facebook social media updates were on November 14, when she posted about struggling to return to work. Jessica was married and she and husband Dan had two children, Noah and Riley.
She was born in Michigan and earned two degrees in meteorology from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University, according to Fox 2 Detriot.
If you or anyone you know needs help or is feeling in distress contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline confidentially on 1-800-273-TALK or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org. They provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day.