Sister pays ‘contagious smile’ tribute to news anchor who died aged 27 of apparent suicide

‘By far the happiest person I thought I knew’: Wisconsin news anchor and star college basketball player, 27, dies by suicide at her home

  • Neena Pacholke, morning presenter for WAOW in Wisconsin, died Saturday
  • She was found by the police during a social check in her house
  • Her family has since confirmed that her death was a suicide
  • Her sister said, “Sometimes you just don’t know what people are going through, no matter how much you think you know someone … my sister had access to every resource you could think of.”
  • Neena was engaged at the time of her death, but it’s unclear if she was living with her fiancé

A Wisconsin news anchor and former college basketball star who has been described by her family as “the luckiest person” has committed suicide in shock.

Neena Pacholke, 27, was found dead at her Wisconsin home on Saturday.

Her sister Kaitlynn has since confirmed her death was suicide, telling the Tampa Bay Times in a heartbreaking tribute, “My sister was by far the happiest person I thought I knew.

“Sometimes you just don’t know what people are going through, no matter how much you think you know someone…my sister had access to every resource you could think of.

“She was loved by everyone. She was so good at her job.’

Neena Pacholke, 27, was found dead at her Wisconsin home on Saturday. Her sister Kaitlynn has since confirmed her death as a suicide

Neena Pacholke, 27, was found dead at her Wisconsin home on Saturday. Her sister Kaitlynn has since confirmed her death as a suicide

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“Neena Pacholke, our beloved morning presenter, has passed away… The entire team here at News 9 is absolutely devastated by the loss, as we know so many others are,” 9 WAOW said in a statement

Neena’s co-host Brendan Mackey claimed his colleague was “the brightest light in the room” and praised her as “an incredible friend… a role model.”

A graduate of Freedom High School in Tampa, Neena was a star point guard and captain of the basketball team, posting an impressive 25-4 record in Neena’s senior year.

She turned down several offers to play professional women’s basketball in order to pursue a career in the news.

In a statement on its website, WAOW, the network she worked for, said: “The entire team here at News 9 is absolutely devastated by the loss, as we know so many others are as well. Neena loved this community and the people who lived here.

Neena with her sister Kaitlynn, who confirmed she committed suicide on Saturday

Neena with her sister Kaitlynn, who confirmed she committed suicide on Saturday

Neena with her beloved cat. She is said to have lived alone in her apartment in Wisconsin

Neena with her beloved cat. She is said to have lived alone in her apartment in Wisconsin

Pacholke was a high school and college basketball star, but turned down offers to play professionally to work in the news instead

Pacholke was a high school and college basketball star, but turned down offers to play professionally to work in the news instead

Pacholke was a high school and college basketball star, but turned down offers to play professionally to work in the news instead

“She was a kind person with a big heart and an infectious smile and we will miss her dearly.

“We ask that you please think of your family at this time as we all cope with the loss.

“We’ll hear much more about Neena’s life and legacy later in the week.”

Her family is now raising money on GoFundMe.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; Contact the Crisis Text Line by TALK to 741741; or chat with someone online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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