Emily Matson Cause of Death: Beloved Pennsylvania TV Anchor Died by Suicide After Being Hit by a Train

Matson, a popular anchor and a 19-year-old veteran of Erie News Now, had last appeared on air on Friday.

Pennsylvania news anchor Emily Matson's sudden death on Monday has been ruled a suicide. Matson died after being hit by a train in Fairview Township, where she lived, according to The Erie Times-News reported. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook confirmed the cause of her death saying Matson took her own life and the evidence was "unquestionable."

The sad news came as colleagues at Erie News Now fondly remembered Matson. Tributes have been pouring in from all corners, including from fellow journalists. "It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our beloved Erie News Now news anchor Emily Matson," said her station's parent company.

Sad Demise

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Emily Matson, 42, died after she was struck by a train at around 12:45 am on Monday in Fairview Township, Erie, Pennsylvania. According to reports she jumped in front of the train and killed herself.

Matson, a popular anchor and a 19-year-old veteran of Erie News Now, had last appeared on air on Friday.

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Married to police officer Ryan Onderko, her sudden and shocking death was officially announced by the station on Monday. "Emily was a shining light in our newsroom, delivering news with a passion and love she had for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania," her station's parent company said in a statement.

"We loved Emily dearly and our hearts go out to the Matson family and her husband Ryan at this time."

"She was very, very upbeat," Paul Wagner, a retired Erie News Now reporter who had worked there for 41 years, told the local paper.

"She was a very positive person. She was always encouraging the new people. She always had a joke for everyone."

"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," wrote meteorologist Sara Tonks.

"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."

Tributes Continue to Pour In

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Katie McGraw, a former colleague of Matson, 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 wrote.

"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."

On Friday, John Stehlin, a colleague who worked with her, posted a picture on Facebook of the two sharing brownies. "It's National Brownie Day! Look what my favorite coworker at 7 o'clock brought! She's so kind! But she forgot the milk," he wrote.

Messages of sympathy from fans are now being posted beneath the photo on social media who are devastated after Matson's sudden and unexpected death.

"I am so sad to hear about Emily,' wrote one. 'I so enjoyed how fun you both made the 7 o'clock news. Light and healing to all at Erie News Now."

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Another added: "John, I am truly sorry for your loss. Seven o'clock news will never be the same. I am so devastated, I felt like I knew her. I had the pleasure of meeting her once. Again my heart hurts for you."

Matson began her career as an intern at WJET-TV in Erie during the early 2000s. Transitioning to WICU, she initially served as a producer for the station's morning show for two years before securing a position as an on-air reporter.

She went on to become the co-anchor for WICU's nightly 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts and achieved recognition as a two-time winner of the Outstanding Spot News Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. She went on to marry Officer Ryan Onderko.