Neena Pacholke tragically passed away recently. Pacholke was only 27 years old. A former USF women’s basketball player, she was a point guard for the team at one point in her career.
TMZ Sports reports that Pacholke even made suicidal statements previously. A representative from the Wausau Police Department told the outlet that officers went to Pacholke’s place.
The officers visited the place as part of a welfare check. However, their call on the door aroused no response. That led the officers to suspect that something is up, and they forced their way inside to find Pacholke’s body. She worked as a News 9 anchor in Wisconsin. The News 9 team gave their statement on the loss.
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.
USF Wisconsin’s Basketball team expressed their sadness on Twitter. They mourned the loss of their former teammate and said that their thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.
The Bulls are heartbroken to learn of the sudden loss of our beloved former teammate Neena Pacholke (2013-16). Our thoughts and prayers are with Neena and her family during this extremely difficult time.
The spokesperson added that “Foul play is not suspected.” Pacholke’s sister told Tampa Bay Times that the ex-USF player committed suicide. She was part of the Freedom H.S. at Tampa, after which she made her way into the USF, and was part of the team until 2016.