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Fox New Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr, a 35-year-old Michigan native, committed suicide, the station announced on air Thursday.

She leaves behind two children and her husband, according to a tweet posted by FOX2 anchor Roop Raj.

Stunned co-workers struggled to make sense of the tragedy, with morning anchor Amy Andrews tweeting, “Our hearts are broken.”

Starr had been at the network since 2012. She had recently been off the air while recovering from Lasik surgery.

Starr last tweeted Nov. 14, commenting about the difficulties she was having after the operation, The Detroit Free Press reported.

“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,” she wrote in part.

The statement announcing Starr’s death was read live by her former colleagues Thursday and then posted to the station’s website.

“Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life. All of us here at FOX2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us,” the statement read. “Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.”

The FOX2 team was clearly emotional as they gathered to report the tragic news and remember Starr’s life.

“It’s tough to be here today but as a family and thinking of her family, we’re all working to get through this together,” Andrews said on air. “Just keep Jessica’s family in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this time.”

Born in Southfield and raised in Commerce Township, Starr held two meteorology degrees, from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University, according to her station biography page.

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45 Comments

45 Comments

  1. Edie Faylor

    December 14, 2018 at 5:13 am

    What a tragedy, a young and lovely woman, wife and mother to choose this way out. I don’t know why, but I feel terrible for her family and her friends. RIP.

    • Avocado

      December 14, 2018 at 5:27 am

      Because of an eye surgery that may have gone bad, she choose to end her life???
      This is not meant as a bash, but it seems like a shallow excuse. I am so sorry for her family, especially her children. She is leaving them with a very bad taste in their lives, to say the least. Does people not think of others, especially their children and families, anymore? Only themselves?

      • Deborah Tucker

        December 14, 2018 at 5:58 am

        When someone has depression deep enough to think about dying or try or actually succeed in killing oneself, it is impossible to think of others.Many commit suicide because they are thinking of their loved ones. They believe those loved one would be better off without them. Sometimes depression is so deep it is just too hard to get help or even get out of bed. She wasn’t being selfish.

      • wanda

        December 14, 2018 at 6:00 am

        She could have had affects of any meds she was on which could throw anyone in depression!

        • flamegonesilver

          December 14, 2018 at 7:23 am

          All FDA approved.

          • J POLLS

            December 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm

            AND STRICTLY CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENT…. THEY ARE ABUSED SO THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED THEM HAVE TO SUFFER…. COULDN’T EVEN GET PAIN PILLS FOR A BROKEN ELBOW !!!!!!!!!

      • eldeano

        December 14, 2018 at 1:54 pm

        This is not really the time to come to judgmental conclusions as to why this young woman committed suicide. There could have been many things going on in her life and with her emotional health that none of us know about. As to what she was, “thinking about,” when she made this decision, I think we all can agree that suicide is hardly ever a rationale decision made by those in full control of their faculties at the time. All that can really be done now is to provide support and best wishes for Jessica’s friends and family who have to move on with their lives.

      • Sheila R Morgan

        December 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm

        Shallow is you not even considering there may have been something far more than an eye surgery. Self righteous attitudes like your’s hurts families just as much. Grow a heart.

      • Sheila Morgan

        December 14, 2018 at 4:09 pm

        If your comment wasn’t meant as a bash you would have not made it. It wasn’t necessary.Self righteous doesn’t give people a thought that maybe she had deeper problems. Self righteousness also causes the family more hurt by remarks like your’s. Grow a heart.

        • MAGA

          December 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm

          You must be a democrat. Your comment is worse than that person’s. That person has as much right to their opinion as you do. You have your nerve to talk about self righteousness.

        • JR

          December 15, 2018 at 7:52 am

          It’s true. Suicide has become a socially acceptable thing. What the hell is going on? Suicide is a permanent fix for a temporary problem. And before you say how dare I and what if it happened to your family? It has multiple times…that’s why I can speak from experience. It is sad that she chose this route over something like eye surgery. My husband and I both had eye surgeries and weren’t given pain meds. So I don’t think you can blame meds. So sad a young woman with a family is gone at her own hands. Poor kids.

  2. Rebecca Holstine

    December 14, 2018 at 5:20 am

    I lost my father 66 years ago, Dec 14, 1952, to suicide. It left a huge void and it never filled. It changed my whole life. This will leave a big void in her children’s lives that will never fill and the questions will never be answered. I am sorry for her children.

    • Peter Gaskin

      December 14, 2018 at 5:34 am

      I agree i think there is more to this than we are led to believe very sad for the children especially at Christmas time

      • ERIC

        December 14, 2018 at 7:58 am

        I was thinking the same thing, sadly. Let’s hope not! Either way, it will mar the holidays forever now for her family, esp. her kids!! So sad!

    • ERIC

      December 14, 2018 at 7:59 am

      Rebecca, I am deeply sorry for your loss, as well as anyone who suffers through such tragedy! 🙁

  3. Avocado

    December 14, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Rebecca you are absolutely right. My doctor’s father also committed suicide when he was in his teens. Up to the day my doctor passed away at the age of 86, that fact still rankled in him. Think of others, not just yourself. Get help if you need it. Nothing wrong with that.

    • Deborah Tucker

      December 14, 2018 at 6:04 am

      Many can’t get help. The depression has a hold sometimes that it really is impossible to think rationale. Suicide is not something one suddenly thinks about then does it. Theyre signs she showed that others especially family seen. Depression is not something one can pop a pill and you’re all better or a pep talk stops the depression. Depression is like a stage 4 cancer for some people.

  4. Martha Gilson

    December 14, 2018 at 5:34 am

    One can never judge. If you did, you would think, “Such a beautiful young women. She is so lucky.” You just never know. It could be medication, mental illness…things beyond anyone’s control. I am so sorry.

  5. Severa Hill

    December 14, 2018 at 5:40 am

    I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HER BUT I AM IN DISBELIEF SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN TAKING HER LIFE ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY! MAYBE NOT BEING ABLE TO COPE WITH HER EYE SURGERY AND HAVING TROUBLE WITH HER VISIION AND NOT WANTING TO BE A BLIND PERSON AND A CARE PROBLEM FOR HER FAMILY. I HAD EYE SURGERY AND ONE EYE WAS DAMAGED, I CANNOT SEE COLOR NOR AN ENTIRE PICTURE OF ANYTHING. I DID NOT SUE THE DR. EVEN THOUGH I HAD A SECOND OPINION BY ANOTHER MEDICAL EYE DR. AND HE TOLD I SHOULD HAVE SUED THE WAY MY EYE WAS HANDLED. I CAN SEE WITH ONE EYE BUT IT IS NOT THE SAME AS SEEING WITH BOTH EYES. THIS IS REALLY HARD ON A PERSON. NOT EASY AT ALL. I SEND PRAYERS FOR HER CHILDREN, HUSBAND AND HER ENTIRE FAMILY. MAY GOD STRENGTEN AND COMFORT THEM AND MAY SHE RIP.

  6. Severa Hill

    December 14, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I POSTED A COMMENT AND YOU DID NOT POST IT THAT IS A SHAME.

  7. lasik ruined my life

    December 14, 2018 at 6:22 am

    You don’t “recover” from Lasik surgery. It ruins your corneas so you’re legally blind, but glasses will no longer help! Most other people also have serious problems like eye pain, dry eye, double vision, loss of night vision, etc. The MSM won’t talk about it, but many, many people have committed suicide after being permanently injured by Lasik. I know because I’m one of them. And what’s worse is that you can’t get justice or compensation for it ruining your life because by the time you realize you’re maimed for life, the statute of limitations has passed! Many professionals lose their ability to earn a living or live a normal life. People need to be made aware of the risks of Lasik! DON’T RISK IT, IT’S NOT WORTH IT! Check out lasikdisaster dot com. Dr. Morris Waxler, the one who originally was responsible for getting lasik surgery approved, now fights to try to get the FDA to put an end to it!

  8. Michelle

    December 14, 2018 at 6:23 am

    There is more to the story, this doesn’t make sense.

  9. AM Knows

    December 14, 2018 at 7:42 am

    For those commenting on depression that it is something that can be controlled, please know that it is a DISEASE, the same as any other disease. Please do not degrade those who have been lost to suicide. If you learn about this disease, it certainly hasn’t been found that it is “selfish” OR “the easy way out”. It is quite the opposite. Please educate yourselves and who knows, you may save a life! http://www.afsp.org

  10. Maria Luz Galasso

    December 14, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I had laser surgery also.
    Steroids were injected on both eyes.
    I became legally blind. I didn’t take my life.
    Depression usually isn’t taken cared of. Suicide is NOT a way out.
    Unfortunately she had kids.
    These children will also see it as a way out.
    I’m a Psychologist and have seen this too many times. It affects the children.
    No matter how much you love them, they’ll think it was their fault
    Condolences to the family and friends.
    These children will need a lot of therapy.

    • Sylvia

      December 14, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Many of you negative commenters know not why this poor girl died in the way she did, or WHY! Instead of sending regrets, you opted for criticism! Shame on those of you who didn’t have the decency to just send your sympathy to her husband and family!

      • Sheila Morgan

        December 14, 2018 at 4:14 pm

        I agree with you. They make these comments and say it’s not meant to be a basb. And especially a psychologist making such a remark is pathetic.

      • Bill

        December 28, 2018 at 8:24 pm

        You see that reply as criticism? Work on your reading comprehension. Elaborating on the failures of society to treat depression properly and also the cold hard truth on how it will affect her children is not criticism, it’s explaining what most likely will happen to her children. I’m going to believe a professional psychologist WELL before I’ll listen to an armchair keyboard warrior such as yourself.

        She DID offer condolences as well. Grow up! She even has firsthand experience with the failures of Lasik surgery! What’s your connection that makes you an authority on the subject?!?!?! Give it a break!!!

    • Sheila Morgan

      December 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      You as a psychologist make a text like this and say condolences to the family. Maybe you need to give your license up till you grow a heart.

      • Bill

        December 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm

        You need to work on your reading comprehension lady. The psychologist said nothing wrong. She was compassionate and caring and only spoke heartfelt AND professional truth. You are nuts if you see it differently.

    • Grace Joy

      December 14, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Seems you triggered some snowflakes who would rather these issues be swept under the rug.

  11. AM Newcomer

    December 14, 2018 at 7:44 am

    AFSP.ORG

  12. Alright Already

    December 14, 2018 at 7:57 am

    AFSP.ORG Please educate yourselves. You may save a life. Don’t criticize until you do.

  13. Nite

    December 14, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Maybe she said something derogatory about Hillary Clinton.

    • Linda

      December 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Stupid comment moron.

    • Sheila Morgan

      December 14, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Oh my gosh. How much more pathetic can people get.

  14. Joe

    December 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    R.I.P. May God have mercy on your soul

  15. GERI CLARK

    December 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I AM SORRY TO SAY THIS BUT, PEOPLE THAT TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES ARE VERY SELFISH PEOPLE. I FEEL SORRY FOR HER CHILDREN AND HER FAMILY,HER DOING WHAT SHE DID WILL TAKE A TOLL ON THEM. I HOPE SHE CAN RIP.

    • Sheila Morgan

      December 14, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      I am sorry to say this. But it takes a cold hearted self righteous idiot to make such a statement then say you are sorry to say it.

      • Tom

        December 14, 2018 at 6:44 pm

        Truth sometimes hurts, but needs to be stated. Get off your high horse. Self-declared censors have done more damage to people and our country than honesty ever did.

      • Bill

        December 29, 2018 at 1:23 am

        Shinola Moreagain,

        There you go, derogatory once a-g-a-i-n-.-.-.

  16. Edie Sicher

    December 14, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    It is very sad . No matter the reason it is painful for all. RIP

  17. Glen Riddle

    December 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I hope they find some answers so that both her family and others may be helped by understanding. RIP.

  18. Silas Longshot

    December 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Apparently there are ‘complications’ of very serious nature associated with this ‘lasik’ surgery. When it goes wrong, it’s really bad.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJSOFUtfao4

  19. allen weaver jr

    December 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN I PRAY FOR HER FAMILY!!!

  20. Oscar Pearson

    December 14, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    I have always felt suicide is a very selfish thing to do – the people left behind are the ones who suffer the most! Prayers go out to the family!

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