A popular NBC weather forecaster based in Texas, US, was found dead on Sunday, same day she revealed gory details on Facebook about how she had been groomed and abused at high school.
Kelly Plasker, a popular morning host with NBC affiliate KCBD NewsChannel 11, posted a “final confession for the sins I am responsible for” on Facebook, in which she claimed she had been manipulated into a relationship by a man twice her age.
Her death comes two years after her 19-year-old son Thomas took his own life.
Just last month she posted a tribute to him on Facebook, with the hashtags #SuicideSucks #FlyHighTogether.
Plasker’s death was confirmed by media colleagues on Sunday August 31.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but reports say it could be suicide.
“I got thrown off course in high school by a man twice my age,” she writes in her tragic final post on Facebook.
“My band director, using his time at Frenship high school to find his new ‘soul mate!'”
“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.
And I realize now that predators pick off easy prey. Particularly those without much family support or resources.”
“The bad habits and games being in that 5 year long relationship can be called grooming and abusive at times call it total manipulation. I have unfortunately carried into relationships of mine that would’ve probably been beautiful had I not been convinced that I wasn’t worthy that I was never going to be good enough for anybody with which I can make memories and grow old together.”
“He snuffed out my future and my ambitions in the most influential time of my life, my prime when I had so many doors and opportunities to explore but he was selfish convincing me that he didn’t want me to leave Lubbock Texas..”
She went on to say many more women had contacted her with similar stories; “only now realizing how perversely pervasive, things situations which are still happening in our school systems MUST STOP!”
She concluded: “Thanks all I needed to get out there as my final confession for the sins I am responsible for adding to the cross.”
The post has been deleted but her employers have used her page to offer condolences and also reveal her death.
“I love you my friends. My brain is broken and I cannot take it anymore.”
Her colleague, anchor Kase Wilbanks said during her tribute on Sunday night.
“Experts say stopping suicide means increasing the conversations about mental and emotional health,”
“They say to reach out for help, so ask for help if you’re struggling or have had thoughts of suicide. Everyone should educate themselves on warning signs for those we love.”
See her last social media posts below.