Detroit meteorologist Jessica Starr dies by suicide, station says

Jessica Starr (FOX 2 News via Twitter)
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DETROIT, Mich. (WIBW) -- A Detroit meteorologist and mother of two took her own life Wednesday night, the station announced on its website Thursday morning.

"Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life," FOX 2 News said in a statement. "All of us here at Fox 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us."

"Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we deal with our grief," the station said.

Her co-workers paid tribute to Starr during the FOX 2 morning show and on Twitter, expressing their grief and their sympathies for Starr's husband and children. A Michigan native, Starr had earned two meteorology degrees and had previously worked a station in Lansing, Michigan

"The words shock and heartbreak don't come close. She was smart, hilarious, bubbly and beautiful -- inside and out," Erika Erickson wrote.

Many of them, as well as the station, also urged anyone feeling distressed or know someone who is to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text 741-741.