What happened to Nina Pakolk? WAOW anchor dies at age 27

Wisconsin morning news anchor and former college basketball player Neena Pacholke was found dead on Saturday.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Neena Pacholke apparently took her own life.

Neena Pacholke’s older sister Kaitlynn Pacholke confirmed her death in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times published on August 29th.

“Saturday, August 27, my world collapsed in a way I could not have imagined,” she said. My sister is gone. My best friend of 27 years.’

She went on to say, ‘She was like a little sunbeam, and her smile was huge.’

Kaitlynn further noted that ‘my sister was the happiest person I know’.

Then she said, ‘I have nothing to say. How can I find a word for the worst day of my life?’

The Wausau Police Department and Marathon County Coroner are also said to be investigating Neena’s death.

Captain Ben Graham of the Wausau Police Department said E! News.

“Saturday morning, wasau police arrived at their home southeast of the Wasau Police Station to confirm the safety of a woman known to have committed suicide,” he said.

‘When there was no answer from the door, officers entered the house and found Pacolke dead,’ he added.

According to police, there was no suspicion of foul play. However, Nina’s death is still under investigation. Law enforcement has not yet determined the cause of her death. No further details were provided.

Friends and family express their online mourning over Neena Pacholke’s death.

Neena Pacholke’s friends and family have expressed their feelings about her apparent suicide on social media.

Before her death, she worked as a news anchor for 9 WAOW.

“The entire team here at News 9 is utterly devastated by losses, as many others know,” her colleagues said in a joint statement.

Neena joined as a multimedia journalist in May 2017. Later, she was promoted to Morning Anchor on News Station in February 2019.

Nevertheless, she worked as a point guard at the University of South Florida for three seasons. She also graduated from the same university.

Meanwhile, the USF women’s basketball team paid their respects through their official Twitter account.

‘The Bulls were heartbroken to hear the sudden death of our beloved former teammate Nina Pacolke (2013-16),’ they said.


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