Tragically, news anchor Emily Matson of Pennsylvania passed away in the wee hours of Monday, December 11. The cause of her death has allegedly been revealed. The age of her was 42.
New information has emerged since the first reports of Matson’s sudden death, and according to TMZ, the cause of her death has been officially determined to be suicide.
A train reportedly struck the home of the Erie News Now host in Fairview Township early Monday morning, as reported by the outlet. According to reports, the Erie County Coroner’s Office has concluded that she committed suicide after an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.
According to a statement released by the parent business of the station, Lilly Broadcasting, Matson had a 17-year tenure as news anchor for the local channel before her tragic death.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our beloved Erie News Now news anchor Emily Matson,” the broadcasting company’s statement read. “Emily was a shining light in our newsroom, delivering news with a passion and love she had for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania.”
“We loved Emily dearly and our hearts go out to the Matson family and her husband Ryan at this time,” the statement concluded. Even Matson’s on-and-off coworker and friend Jamison Hixenbaugh of Erie News Now, with whom Matson had a tumultuous 15-year relationship, has taken to social media to express her grief at the loss of her colleague.
A heartbroken Hixenbaugh expressed her grief over Matson’s death in a Facebook post, writing that the loss was “utterly devastating” and that there were “no words” to adequately express it.
“She was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met,” he wrote. “She was such a talented journalist and anchor, but even more, she was an incredible friend. From being side-splittingly funny and fiesty, to thoughtful and caring…I’m going to miss you Em.”
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