Neena Pacholke, a former point guard for the USF Women’s Basketball team and WAOW anchor, was discovered dead over the weekend, and authorities told FOX3 that she had apparently made statements about wanting to terminate her life.
On Saturday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Wausau Police Department, officers were sent to a residence in Wausau for the purpose of conducting a welfare check on a resident there. They said that there was no one there to answer their questions when they arrived.
When the officers finally made it into the house, they discovered that Pacholke had already passed away. The representative stated that there is no reason to assume any kind of foul play.
According to Pacholke’s sister, the former basketball player committed suicide.
Pacholke was a basketball star at Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida, before she went to USF and got a letter from 2013 to 2016.
She then served as a morning anchor for Wisconsin’s News 9.
Reps for the station released a statement on Sunday that read, “The whole News 9 staff is utterly grieved by the loss, as we’re sure many others are as well.” “Neena cherished this community and its inhabitants. We will miss her immensely because she was a wonderful lady with a large heart and an infectious grin.”
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Pacholke’s sister stated the following: “She exuded nothing but love and positivity, and she cared so much about pouring into others and always put others first. I believe she accomplished that while disregarding her own needs.”
Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at the toll-free number 988 if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts.