Kelly Plasker remembrances pour in from Good Morning America and co-workers after TV weather forecaster's shocking death
HEARTFELT tributes for TV weather forecaster Kelly Plasker have been pouring in since news broke that she died suddenly on Sunday morning.
Among the remembrances were messages from co-workers at KCBD NewsChannel 11 in Texas and fellow meteorologists urging anyone experiencing thoughts of self-harm to seek help.
Plasker's cause of death has not been discussed, however, in a segment honoring the late forecaster, her coworkers shared information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Plasker worked at KCBD as the weekend morning forecaster for the past three years.
The KCBD tribute called Plasker a "bright spot in our weekend mornings, and in our lives, and anchor Kase Wilbanks said her sudden death "has broken our hearts."
Plasker's death comes two years after her teen son, Thomas Locke, tragically died by suicide.
Posts honoring Plasker on social media also urged anyone struggling with thoughts of self-harm to seek help.
Good Morning America's Ginger Zee, a fellow meteorologist, tweeted that she was "so sad for [Plasker's] family."
"Don't know that I couldn't been swayed in my darkest moments but I'm grateful I'm here and can share: you aren't alone," she wrote.
"The hospital is an easy place to start – no shame in going. They can help you find the RIGHT kind of help. It's why I'm managing & healing today," she added.
Plasker's colleague Sharon Maines commended her late friend for putting on a smile as she faced great hardships.
"Kelly Plasker had a smile as big as Texas and a heart of gold," she wrote on Facebook. "She loved big and hurt deeply. Her heart was broken by the suicide death of her son Thomas, and then her father's sudden death just months later."
"Her grief was a daily struggle but she put on that smile and persevered," she added. "If any of you are struggling please please please talk to someone. There are so many broken hearts today.
"Prayers for Kelly's two children and her family and all of us who loved her."
In a statement, KCBD vice president and general manager Dan Jackson thanked the many viewers who reached out the the station to express "kindness and support in Kelly's memory."
The much-loved forecaster was born in 1978 and passed away August 30, 2020.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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