Wisconsin TV news anchor Neena Pacholke dead after apparent suicide

A Wisconsin TV news station says it is "extremely devastated" after losing one of its morning anchors unexpectedly over the weekend.

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The anchor was remembered as having a "large heart and a contagious grin."

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According to her sister Kaitlynn Pacholke, Neena Pacholke, a 27-year-old weekday anchor at WAOW in Wausau, died after committing suicide.

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Pacholke told the newspaper, "She was simply like a little ball of joy, and her smile was huge."

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"And whether she had known you for five minutes or her entire life, she could always make you feel like the most important person. 

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According to her sister, Pacholke, a former player for the women's basketball team at the University of South Florida, was engaged when she passed away.

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"The Pacholke family is in our thoughts and prayers during this terribly trying time.

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Please remember them in your prayers "Coach Jose Fernandez of USF's women's basketball posted on Twitter.

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