TV host Erin Jayne Plummer dies ‘suddenly’ at age 42

Australian television presenter Erin Jayne Plummer died on May 22. She was 42. Friends of the Studio 10 co-host said she killed herself after a long battle with mental illness. On May 23, her colleagues Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop told the public that Plummer died “suddenly”. Plummer leaves behind her husband and three young daughters.

Plummer hosts advertorial content on Studio 10Channel 10’s morning show has been reporting for more than two decades news.com.au† Harris described Plummer as a “beautiful person inside and out” and said the show “lost a little shine” after her death. “For two decades, Erin Jayne has been a friendly and familiar face on Australian television, and in large part she has brightened up our mornings with her bubbly personality and megawatt smile,” Harris said.

The presenter might have had “a sports career” had she not worked for television, Harris said of Plummer. “There’s no question that Erin Jayne was a high achiever and definitely a gold medal mom to her three young girls,” Harris said. “We will miss your sunshine around the studio Erin Jayne, and we all send lots of love and strength to her family.”

Plummer’s broadcasting career began when she was “plucked from a Sydney beach” to star in a tourism campaign, Bishop said. Plummer was also a spokesperson for Aerobics Oz Style, presenting shows for MTV, Guest TV, TVSN, Totally Active TV and Channel 10 Sport for the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series. She also appeared in several commercials for other brands. Plummer had a degree in journalism and worked for the Sydney Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games at the Aquatic Center for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

After the news of Plummer’s death came out, her friends spoke out on social media, notes The daily mail† One friend said she “loved her girls limitlessly” but hadn’t been her “jumpy, energetic self” lately. “I wish we’d found a way for her,” the friend said. In his tribute, Plummer’s father, Peter Gard, said her daughters are “little mini versions of her.” Plummer’s daughter Jazzy is already following in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a swimmer. “New versions of Erin in the blocks. Jazzy is a rocket… same size as me and size 12 feet… or flippers,” Gard said of his granddaughters.

A family friend created a GoFundMe account to help Plummer’s husband and her daughters. The fund flew past its $5,000 AUD target, raising more than $26,760 AUD in just seven days. “Never met a more beautiful soul. Beautiful to all. I am deeply sorry and heartbroken to hear this news,” wrote one donor. “Much love to all of Erin’s family and close friends.”

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK at 741-741.

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