What Happened to Neena Pacholke? WAOW anchor dies at the age of 27


Neena Pacholke, a Wisconsin morning news anchor and former college basketball player, was found dead 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 during an interview with the Tampa Bay Times published on August 29.

She said: “On Saturday August 27, my world came crashing down in a way I never imagined possible. My baby sister is gone. My 27-year-old best friend.”

She continued: “She was like a little ball of sunshine and her smile was massive.”

Kaitlynn further mentioned, “My sister was by far the happiest person I thought I knew.”

She added: “I am speechless. How does anyone even find words for the worst day of their life?’

Additionally, the Wausau Police Department and the Marathon County Medical Examiner’s Office are reportedly investigating Neena’s death.

Neena Pacholke

Captain Ben Graham of the Wausau Police Department provided an update on the investigation during an interview with E! News.

He said, “Officers with the Wausau Police Department were dispatched to a home on Wausau’s southeast side Saturday morning to check on the welfare of a woman who reportedly made suicidal statements.”

He added: “After receiving no answer at the door, officers entered the home and found Pacholek dead.”

According to the police, foul play was not suspected. However, Neena’s death is still under investigation. Police have not yet confirmed the cause of her death. No further details were given.

Friends and family share online condolences over Neena Pacholke’s death

Neena Pacholke’s friends and family took to social media to express their feelings about her apparent suicide.

She worked as a news anchor for 9 WAOW before her death.

Her colleagues wrote in a joint statement, “The entire team here at News 9 is absolutely devastated by the loss, as we know many others are.”

Neena joined in May 2017 as a multimedia journalist. She was later promoted to morning anchor in February 2019 at the news station.

Still, she was a former quarterback at the University of South Florida for three seasons. She also completed her graduation from the same college.

Meanwhile, the USF Women’s Basketball team shared the tribute on their official Twitter account.

They said: “The Bulls are heartbroken to learn of the sudden loss of our beloved former teammate Neena Pacholke (2013-16).”


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