Fox 2 Detroit's Jessica Starr has died, station says

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Jessica Starr, a meteorologist for WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in Detroit, has died, the station announced Thursday.  

Starr was 35 and lived in Novi, according to public records. The station said she committed suicide. 

Morning news anchor Amy Andrews broke the news in a tweet.

"Our hearts are broken," she wrote. "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. Keep her family in your prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief."

The station also tweeted about her death.

"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."

It also recorded a segment remembering Starr that aired Thursday morning.

Other co-workers expressed sadness at Starr's passing.

"It is with a heavy heart that I post this," anchor Roop Raj wrote in a tweet. "Our dear friend and colleague Jessica Starr has died. She leaves behind a husband, two beautiful children and a loving family. I send my deepest sympathies to her family. Our hometown girl will always be remembered fondly."

In her biography posted on the TV station's website, Starr said she was a Michigan native, born in Southfield and raised in Commerce Township.

She said she had two meteorology degrees, one from Michigan State University and another from Mississippi State University.

Starr previously worked in Lansing and worked as an auto show model/product specialist. She also worked at a TV station in Baltimore.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at (800) 273-8255.

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