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Morning anchor Neena Pacholke has passed away

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(WAOW) -- Neena Pacholke, our beloved morning anchor passed away suddenly Saturday at 27 years old.

The entire team here at News 9 are absolutely devastated by the loss as we know so many others are as well.  Neena loved this community and the people who lived here. She was a kind person with a big heart and a contagious smile and we will miss her greatly.

Neena came to News 9 in 2017 after graduating from University of South Florida.  She started as a reporter, but because of her warmth and dedication quickly moved into a main anchor role. She spent several years as our morning anchor where so many people welcomed her into their home.

We ask you to please keep her family in your thoughts at this time as we all cope with the loss.

If you would like to send your condolences or share your favorite memories please head to our Facebook page.

Neena died by suicide Aug. 27. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please reach out. You are not alone and there are many resources available you can find here.

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