Jessica Starr’s manner of death was ruled a suicide, a spokesperson from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office told The Post on Friday. A representative from the Wixom Police Department would not provide more information on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.
The New York Post reports:
Starr, a 35-year-old from Novi, Michigan — about 30 miles northwest of Detroit — is survived by her husband, Dan, along with her 5-year-old son, Noah, and her 3-year-old daughter, Riley.
Fox 2 Detroit morning anchor Amy Andrews first announced Starr’s shocking suicide Thursday on Twitter.
“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.”
Starr got Lasik surgery in October and, prior to her suicide, spoke out publicly about her challenging recovery.
“I do still need all the prayers and well wishes cause this is a hard go. The doctor said it could take up to three months or so for me to feel 100 percent again,” Starr said in a Facebook video recorded live from her office Nov. 13. Starr posted the video from her first day back at work, saying she was happy to return to work after recovering at home.
But one day later, she apologized to her fans and said she’d need more time off to recover.
“Yesterday was a struggle for me. I really wanted to come back but need more time to recover. Please keep me in your thoughts during this challenging time,” reads her final tweet.
This is not the first time Starr shared her personal struggles with her viewers. In 2015, while she was pregnant with her daughter, she detailed a hurtful letter someone wrote her, shaming her for her baby weight when she was nine months pregnant.
“We’re in the public eye, and you have to have a thick skin to be in the media. That’s just part of it, and I’m okay with that. You can not like the hair today; we’re used to that. You can not like the makeup, the outfit, that’s fine. Doesn’t bother me,” she said, according to the station.
“But, I got a hand-written letter saying that it looks like I’m about to deliver an elephant, and, ‘Isn’t it about time you start your [maternity] leave?’ And I just think that’s crossing the line.”
Starr was originally from the town of Southfield. She received two degrees in meteorology, one from Michigan State University and another from Mississippi State University.