Neena Pacholke’s cause of deat-Nearly a week after News 9 Morning anchor Nina Pachol was found dead in a Wisconsin home, officials have released the cause of her death.
Officials have determined the cause of death for News 9 anchor Nina Pachol.
The 27-year-old died by suicide on August 27, according to a statement from the Wausau Police Department in Wisconsin provided to E! the news In a media release, authorities said Pachol made “suicidal statements” before he was found dead by officers, who did not answer the door during a welfare check at a residence.
“In light of this tragedy and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we want to take this opportunity to remind the community that help is available 24/7 for anyone struggling or in crisis,” the statement said. “The Wausau Police Department and the Marathon County Medical Examiner’s Office extend their condolences to the family, friends and many affected by Pacholak’s death.”
Prior to his role as a local news anchor, Pachol was a student basketball player at the University of South Florida. She joined News 9 as a reporter in 2017 after graduating college and “quickly moved into a lead anchor role,” according to the Wausau-based news team. “The entire News 9 team here is absolutely devastated by the loss, as we know there are many more,” the outlet shared in an Aug. 28 statement. A kind person with a big heart and an infectious smile and we will miss him dearly.” In the wake of his death, his colleagues have offered emotional tributes to mourn the loss. While delivering the news on-air on August 30, News 9 Chief Meteorologist Justin Leo Pacholke shared photos from his first days working at the station and noted how quickly he became a part of the community.
“I know why I’m so sad to see Nina go, and I know why you, the audience, are so sad,” Leo says, “because she came here and she wanted to be here.”
He added, “And someone from the outside comes here and thinks ‘Central Wisconsin is so beautiful, I’m going to live here and I’m going to work here’.”
Meanwhile, Pacholak’s co-anchor Brendan Mackey described him as an “incredible friend” in a Facebook post.
“You were Batman and I was Robin. When I joined WAOW you made it clear that we were going to work hard and compete with the best,” he wrote. “Let’s remember Nina Pachol for the great person she is. The brightest light in the house. The biggest smile and the funniest smile.”