Devastating details have emerged after a popular TV weather presenter died suddenly on Sunday morning.
Kelly Plasker, 42, had worked for news station KCBD in Texas, US, for three years before her tragic death.
Since the news emerged, KCBD revealed she died just two years after her teenage son committed suicide and she too had been battling depression.
In a tragic final post to Facebook before her death, Plasker spoke of her own struggles after a man twice her age preyed on her when she was in high school.
“He was supposed to be somebody looking out for me, but instead of looking out for me he looked at me in ways that men should not look at children,” she wrote.
“The bad habits and games being in that five-year long relationship can be called grooming and abusive, at times I call it total manipulation.
“I have unfortunately carried [it] into relationships of mine that would’ve probably been beautiful had I not been convinced that I wasn’t worthy.”
She added the man snuffed out her future and her ambitions before he convinced her not to leave the town of Lubbock in Texas and promised her a new life together.
“Those promises quickly shattered when I learned that he was still playing house in two different cities,” she revealed.
She added she was the victim of the man’s inappropriate use of authority as an educator, and had been contacted by more women with similar stories to her own.
“I needed all that out there as my final confession for the sins I am responsible for adding to the cross,” she finished.
“I love you my friends. My brain is broken and I cannot take it anymore.”
In a tribute aired on KCBD, news anchor Karin McCay said Plasker was “a bright spot in our weekend mornings”.
“For three years, Kelly was that spunky weather girl every Saturday and Sunday morning on Newschannel 11,” McCay said.
“What you couldn’t see on TV was a broken heart. I remember one day two years ago when she and I sat and talked in the studio and she told me her world would never be the same. She said, ‘He was 19-years-old, two weeks away from turning 20’.
“Kelly was referring to her son, Thomas, who took his life in February of 2019.
“She said through tears, ‘With somebody in the house, he still felt so alone and he made that choice’.”
It’s hard to lose such an amazing friend. Kelly Plasker, I’m missing you more and more every minute. You were the best co-worker, work wife & friend a girl could ask for. I love you so much and I’ll always wish I would have done more. #SuicideSucks 😞 pic.twitter.com/HNVCn2LAOo— Sydney Kessler WJHL (@SydneyWJHL) August 31, 2020
McCay said Plasker told her that her son’s death was difficult to comprehend, with 200 people attending his funeral, including his three devastated housemates.
“Now, this weekend, our sweet Kelly took her own life, a cry for help that she made very public on her Facebook page. But there were many other times that Kelly used Facebook in an effort to help other people avoid the road to suicide.”
Anchor of news station WJHL, Sydney Kessler, tweeted it was hard to lose such an amazing friend.
“Kelly Plasker, I’m missing you more and more every minute. You were the best co-worker, work wife and friend a girl could ask for. I love you so much and I’ll always wish I would have done more,” she wrote.
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