News Anchor Emily Matson’s Cause Of Death Confirmed

News anchor Emily Matson's cause of death has been confirmed. 
Credit: Eries News Now & Emily Matson News via Facebook

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.”

Emily Matson
News anchor Emily Matson was struck and killed by a train. Credit: @EmilyMatsonENN/Twitter

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.

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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’.

John Stehlin and Emily Matson.
Emily Matson and her co-worker, John Stehlin, celebrated National Brownie Day just days before the news anchor’s passing. Credit: John Stehlin via Facebook

“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.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.