WJBK-TV (Detroit) anchors announced Thursday, they were informed of the heartbreaking news that their friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life the night before. “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 all deal with our grief.”
Starr, 35, was a Michigan native, born in Southfield and raised in Commerce Township. She received two meteorology degrees from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University. She had been with the station since 2012. She had been off the air for several weeks following eye surgery in October.
From 2005 to 2006, Starr was a weekend meteorologist for WLNS-TV in Lansing.
She leaves behind a husband and two young children.
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