TV news anchor's devastating discovery before being found dead

·News Reporter
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The US TV host who was found dead in her home just weeks before her wedding died from suicide after her fiancé ended the relationship, it's been reported.

Police found the body of Neena Pacholke, 27, at a home in Wausau, Wisconsin, while conducting a welfare check for a woman who was reportedly making "suicidal statements", police told media.

Ms Pacholke’s sister told US morning show TODAY that she had no idea her sister was struggling.

"She was the happiest person, I thought," Kaitlynn Pacholke said.

But her suicide came after her rocky two-year relationship with fiancé Kyle Haase, 38, which was filled with fights, heavy drinking and rumours of affairs, according to reports.

Neena Pacholke, 27, died by suicide, it's been confirmed. Source: Facebook/Neena Pacholke
Neena Pacholke, 27, died by suicide, it's been confirmed. Source: Facebook/Neena Pacholke

News anchor's discovery before suicide

Just before her suicide, the vibrant young host, who recently celebrated her five-year anniversary as the news anchor of Wake Up Wisconsin, a morning show in the US, returned to the house she shared with Mr Haase.

While there, she found an unfamiliar pair of panties, friends say, Daily Mail reported.

A worried friend called the police, but when they arrived at the house — which the couple bought just one month earlier — it was too late.

Friends told the publication she was more "invested" in her relationship with Mr Haase than he was.

"They were always arguing, and it seemed like Neena was more in love with Kyle that he was with her," one friend said.

She also feared Mr Haase had been cheating on her.

Ms Pacholke recently celebrated her five-year anniversary as the news anchor of Wake Up Wisconsin, a morning show in the US. Source: Facebook/Neena Pacholke
Ms Pacholke recently celebrated her five-year anniversary as the news anchor of Wake Up Wisconsin, a morning show in the US. Source: Facebook/Neena Pacholke

Tributes flow following tragic death

Following her death, heartbreaking tributes flowed.

Ms Pacholke's co-anchor Brendan Mackey described her as "the brightest light in the room".

"I have never met anyone in my entire life that is more loved than this girl," he wrote.

"I can’t believe it. I am still in shock. It hasn’t hit me yet. We all love you so much Neena."

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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