Fans shocked after news of Fox 2 meteorologist’s passing

Abigail Tobis ’20, Editor-in-Chief

On Thursday, Dec. 13, tragedy struck when Fox 2’s meteorologist committed suicide. Jessica Starr’s death has come as a surprise to everyone and has been talked about all over social media.

“The words shock and heartbreak don’t come close. She was smart, hilarious, bubbly and beautiful – inside and out,” Fox 2 reporter Erika Erickson said on Twitter. Many shared this feeling of shock and disbelief.

Starr was 35 years old and from Novi, Michigan. She and her husband have two kids, one is five and the other is three years old. She has shown her struggles in the past when she was continuously shamed by viewers for her baby weight when she was pregnant with her now three-year-old.

The public first got news of the death when Amy Andrews, a fellow co-worker-tweeted; “Our hearts are broken. Last night we were informed our Jessica Starr took her life. Her Fox 2 family is deep in 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.”

A lot of similar cases have occured with other people in the public eye. Being constantly watched and judged by people can cause a lot of stress. It can become overwhelming.

Famous people are not the only ones who have struggles. Everyone has their own issues and the way that someone deals with it is crucial for their well-being. Being able to talk and be open about your troubles and mental health is extremely important, and we can all learn from Starr’s death.

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone or needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7.
Photo courtesy of Detroit Free Press

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