Local authorities have confirmed that Neena Pacholke, a Wisconsin news anchor who was also a former University of South Florida women’s basketball player, died from natural causes.
Wausau Police confirmed Friday that Pacholke, 27, died from suicide.
The discovery of her body was preceded by the News 9 anchor "reportedly making suicidal remarks," which led to a welfare check, during which officers discovered her body.
According to the department, it won't release additional information.
"The Wausau Police Department, Marathon County Medical Examiner's Office and their sympathies to the Pacholke's family and friends."
Police stated that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and they, together with Pacholke’s family, want to raise awareness about this taboo topic.
"Suicidal thoughts are possible for anyone, regardless of their age, gender, or background."
Kaitlynn Pacholke, Pacholke's sister announced her tragic loss via Instagram Monday.
Kaitlynn said, "I don’t have the words." "My baby sister has died. My best friend of 27 years. It doesn't feel real. It's a living nightmare. I want to end it.
Kaitlynn stated, before the release of Pacholke’s cause of death, "For now I know she isn't in pain anymore and that I am grateful for that."