The untimely demise of Neena Pacholke, a distinguished athlete who achieved prominence as a basketball prodigy during her tenure at the esteemed University of South Florida, occurred within the confines of her residence at the tender age of 27.
The reason of her death was determined to be suicide by Pacholke’s sister.
According to reports, Pacholke, who was purportedly betrothed, had the position of a morning anchor at a regional news station situated in Wausau, Wisconsin, which operates as an affiliate of ABC News.
According to the official statement from the Wausau Police Department, law enforcement personnel were dispatched to Pacholke’s residence with the purpose of doing a welfare check. Upon the arrival of the cops, and in the absence of a response to their presence at the door, they proceeded to enter the residence, where they discovered the lifeless body of the individual in question.
“Sometimes you just don’t know what people are going through, no matter how much you think you know someone,” she said. “My sister had access to every resource you could imagine. She was loved by everybody. She was so good at her job … She just radiated love and positivity, and she just cared so much about pouring into other people, and always put other people first. I think she did that at the expense of not caring about herself.”
Kaitlynn fulfills the role of an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Southern Mississippi.
“She was just like a little ball of sunshine, and her smile was massive,” Kaitlynn said. “And she could just make you feel like you were the most important person, whether she knew you for five minutes or her whole life. … We would be out at coffee and someone would recognize her, and she would lighten them up the way she’s made me feel the last 27 years.”
An article on the WAOW.com website stated: “Neena Pacholke, our beloved morning anchor passed away suddenly Saturday. The entire team here at News 9 are absolutely devastated by the loss as we know so many others are as well. Neena loved this community and the people who lived here. She was a kind person with a big heart and a contagious smile and we will miss her greatly.”
“We ask you to please keep her family in your thoughts at this time as we all cope with the loss. We will have much more on the life and legacy Neena had later in the week. If you would like to send your condolences or share your favorite memories please head to our Facebook page,” the outlet added.
In addition, WAOW sent their sympathies via Twitter.
“We are absolutely devastated to share with you all that Neena passed away suddenly. Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts. Feel free to share any favorite memories or condolences in the comments below,” the station tweeted.
“Sending love to Neena’s friends and family. Such a tragic loss. remember wherever and whoever you are, you are loved and worthy & your life matters. You can reach the suicide and crisis lifeline 24/7 by calling or texting 988. More resources here: https://namiga.org/crisis-info/,” Savannah Levins replied to the tweet.
According to Micah Kroll, a former teammate of Pacholke at USF and someone who had known her for several years, he observed that she has the capacity to perceive “the positive side of everything.”
“She just lightened everyone’s mood, put a smile on everyone’s face, and she was always there for us. Any one of us, she would drop anything and be there for us,” Kroll added.
“My heart just sank. I had the pleasure of meeting Neena during my time in NYC. She was such a bright light and extremely kind. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family, friends, and colleagues,” Amy Zimmer added.
Condolences were expressed by Pacholke’s previous team through a tweet, saying, “The Bulls are heartbroken to learn of the sudden loss of our beloved former teammate Neena Pacholke (2013-16). Our thoughts and prayers are with Neena and her family during this extremely difficult time.”