Emily Matson’s cause of death has been confirmed.
Matson was a local news anchor for the Pennsylvanian outlet Erie News Now, which is also known as WICU 12 News.
The TV personality said that she enjoyed ‘making a difference’ and working on ‘breaking news situations’ in her work bio.
Earlier this week, Matson made headlines following the tragic news of her death aged 42.
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No further information was disclosed when the news was initially announced on December 11.
A statement was shared by Matson’s employers at Erie News Now which read: “It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our beloved Erie News Now news anchor Emily Matson.
“Emily was a shining light in our newsroom, delivering news with a passion and love she had for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania.”
It concluded: “We loved Emily dearly and our hearts go out to the Matson family and her husband Ryan at this time.”
Warning: the following contains a discussion of suicide.
It has now been shared that the news anchor was struck and killed by a train.
The Erie County Coroner’s Office ruled that the tragic incident was suicide, as reported by TMZ.
According to The Eries-Time News, Matson was struck by a train in Fairview Township at around 12:45am.
Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook told The New York Post that the evidence made it ‘unquestionable’ that Matson had taken her own life.
Days before Matson’s passing, her co-star John Stehlin took to Facebook and posted a snap of the pair eating brownies.
“It’s National Brownie Day! Look what my favourite co-worker at 7 o’clock brought! She’s so kind! But she forgot the milk,” he said.
Following news of Matson’s passing, her friends and co-workers took to social media and paid tribute.
Former colleague Katie McGraw described her death as an ‘incredible loss’.
“I am heartbroken and truly gutted to share the news of my friend and former coworker’s passing,” she penned.
“Emily and I worked together in Erie, PA for a few years.
“She and my fiancé had the most lovely friendship. I have so many wonderful memories with her. She was hilarious, witty, kind, fiery, talented, fabulous and fun. She is already so missed.”
While meteorologist Sara Tonks wrote: “Emily was such a presence in the newsroom and in the studio, and I can’t count the number of times that I would stop by her desk to talk to her or just listen to her talk to others.
“She always had a way of drawing people in and making them feel welcome, and when I first started at ENN she made sure I was included in the Secret Santa gift exchange and got me a sign that says ‘Let it Snow… Somewhere Else’ – Erie, PA.
“She made me, a stranger and a baby in the industry feel included and was always there with advice or ideas if I needed them.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
In the UK, the Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, emailing [email protected] or heading to the website to find your nearest branch.