Shatanya Clarke cause of death

A BELOVED young Texas news anchor has tragically passed away at just 27, and a vigil for the reporter is planned for Monday night.

Shatanya Clarke died in her home on Thursday, two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Clarke joined local Texas outlet KFDX in 21018 as a local reporter before being quickly promoted to news anchor.

According to KFDX, Clarke graduated from Florida A&M University and served as a Zeta Phi Beta sorority member.

Fellow journalist and News Director Adam P Bradshaw said of his lost colleague, “Shatanya was a bigger-than-life spirit.”

A candlelight vigil is planned in memory of Clarke, to be held at 7pm on Monday, April 18, in downtown Wichita Falls, KFDX reported.

Read our Shantanya Clarke live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Shatanya vented about headaches

    The Texas news anchor tweeted multiple times about headaches she had experienced, which would often last several hours.

    Headache 3 hours and counting. 😭
    This just cannot be the rest of my life 😞

    — Shatanya N. Clarke (@clarke_shatanya) August 28, 2021

    I believe this headache has been ongoing for about 4 hours going on 5 now. 🙂
    Story of my life!

    — Shatanya N. Clarke (@clarke_shatanya) September 13, 2021

  • Shatanya tweeted about changing doctors

    The news anchor vented in a February 2022 tweet:

    “I changed doctors in 2021 because the ones before kept things from me, lied to me or weren’t proactive,” she wrote.

    “Fast forward to 2022 and it’s still happening.”

    “Choosing healthcare providers is such a gamble and it’s so sad.”

    I changed doctors in 2021 because the ones before kept things from me, lied to me or weren’t proactive. Fast forward to 2022 and it’s still happening 🤦🏽‍♀️
    Choosing healthcare providers is such a gamble and it’s so sad. 😒

    — Shatanya N. Clarke (@clarke_shatanya) February 23, 2022

  • Shatanya’s YouTube channel

    The news anchor had been open about her battle and regularly shared updates on her YouTube channel called “Shatanya’s Road to Recovery.”

    She released a trailer for her story on June 20, 2021.

  • Candlelight vigil set for Monday night

    There is a candlelight vigil planned in memory of KFDX journalist Shatanya Clarke.

    The outlet reported the vigil will be held at 7pm on Monday, April 18, in Park Central on Scott Avenue located in downtown Wichita Falls, and that the community is invited to attend.

    Friends and family planned the vigil “after seeing the outpouring of support from the community in Shatanya’s honor,” KFDX reported.

    Shatanya’s family asks that attendees wear purple, because it was her favorite color.

  • ‘We’re absolutely heartbroken’

    “Praying for all who loved @clarke_shatanya – My goodness. So young,” fellow news anchor Tearsa Smith wrote on Twitter after news of Shatanya Clarke’s passing broke.

    “We’re absolutely heartbroken, Tearsa,” KFDX meteorologist Austin Bowling replied to Smith.

    “This girl was going places. Her comm. involvement was unmatched. Her drive and passion were 2nd to none. And that laugh got me every time.”

    “That’s just all I’ve learned in 25 Sats of freelancing with her. This Sat was to be my last with her,” he added.

    We’re absolutely heartbroken, Tearsa. This girl was going places. Her comm. involvement was unmatched. Her drive and passion were 2nd to none. And that laugh got me every time. That’s just all I’ve learned in 25 Sats of freelancing with her. This Sat was to be my last with her.

    — Austin Bowling (@AustinBowlingWX) April 15, 2022

  • KFDX’s tribute, continued

    “Shatanya’s last project at KFDX was The Remarkable Woman Campaign. She was a remarkable woman highlighting remarkable women,” the tribute continued

    “Shatanya was 27 when she passed away at her home Thursday morning. She had been battling an illness but was optimistic about upcoming medical treatments.”

    “We want to say thank you to Texoma for all of the condolences, support, and heartfelt stories you have shared with us as we navigate the loss of Shatanya.”

  • KFDX’s tribute

    After Shatanya Clarke’s passing, her station, KFDX, shared a lengthy tribute to the reporter.

    “Shatanya came into the news business to help bring awareness to those who needed it most, non-profit organizations,” the tribute read.

    “Her passion for helping people went beyond her storytelling. Shatanya served on the Child Care Partners board, was a member of the Wichita Falls Junior League and established the annual Soups and Socks event with Photo Journalist Brandon Cooper.”

    “Soups and Socksbrought much-needed items and a warm bowl of soup to members of our community,” it added.

  • Shatanya’s Journey

    Shatanya Clarke was open about her battle with cancer and regularly shared updates on her social media profiles and her YouTube channel called “Shatanya’s Road to Recovery.”

    To see the videos from her YouTube channel, see the clips here.

  • ‘Thoughts and prayers’

    “My thoughts and prayers go out the KFDX family and the family of Shatanya Clarke for their loss,” Sports Director Jermaine Ferrell shared on Twitter after news of Shatanya’s death broke.

    “God bless you all. #NexstarNation”

  • ‘We want to say thank you’

    KFDX thanked viewers on their official website for helping them get through the loss of Shatanya Clarke.

    “We want to say thank you to Texoma for all of the condolences, support, and heartfelt stories you have shared with us as we navigate the loss of Shatanya,” a tribute message read.

  • Vigil planned

    On Twitter, a former journalist shared that there is a candlelight vigil planned for Shatanya Clarke tonight.

    “For those who want to celebrate @clarke_shatanya, we’re hosting a candlelight vigil on Monday night. It will be live streamed on @TexomasHomepage,” Brittney Cottingham shared.

  • ‘I cannot change the things in my past’

    “I’ve come to accept that my life turned out exactly as it was designed, or destined to be,” Shatanya Clarke said in some of the final moments of her YouTube series, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

    “Whether I like it or not, whether I understand the reason or not, I cannot change the things in my past.”

    “I can only control my present, and possibly make choices that positively affect my future.”

  • Clarke went through chemo

    Shatanya Clarke went through major brain surgery, chemotherapy, and treatments for her brain tumor, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

    She originally thought it was just a severe headache.

  • What kind of cancer did Clarke have?

    Through a series on her YouTube channel, Shatanya Clarke revealed her battle with a Myxoid Mesenchymal tumor, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

    She was diagnosed at age 25.

  • Last Instagram post

    Shatanya Clarke’s last Instagram post naturally involved her work.

    She shared a video of snow from a storm in the area and captioned it, “One live shot down… one to go.”

  • Did Shatanya Clarke have an Instagram?

    Shatanya Clarke did have an Instagram account, though she hadn’t updated it in the weeks before her death.

    Her last post was on February 2.

  • Shatanya Clarke’s Twitter account

    Shatanya Clarke tweeted often about local stories and seemed to have a passion for drawing attention to them.

    One of her last tweets read, “Definitely check out Stephanie Humberd’s story! She is truly inspiring! Remarkable indeed. It was an honor to tell her story.”

  • ‘A true professional’

    Clarke’s former colleague Nicholas Quallich tweeted: “I am so sad to hear of the death of my former @TexomasHomepage colleague @clarke_shatanya.”

    “She was smart, funny and a true professional. She will be missed. May she Rest In Peace.”

    I am so sad to hear of the death of my former @TexomasHomepage colleague @clarke_shatanya. She was smart, funny and a true professional. She will be missed. May she Rest In Peace.

    — Nicholas Quallich (@NICKQUALLICH) April 15, 2022

  • ‘We always found ways to laugh’

    Idaho News 6 anchor Jake Garcia shared: “I’m sad to hear the news of @clarke_shatanya’s passing. We crossed paths multiple times while working in Wichita Falls.

    “Every time I saw her there was a giant smile on her face. Though we were competition we always found ways to laugh.”

    I’m sad to hear the news of @clarke_shatanya‘s passing.

    We crossed paths multiple times while working in Wichita Falls. Every time I saw her there was a giant smile on her face.

    Though we were competition we always found ways to laugh. 1/2 https://t.co/FklKHL7gA1

    — Jake Garcia (@JakeGarciaTV) April 14, 2022

  • ‘She had a passion for telling stories’

    Fellow KFDX News Director Adam P Bradshaw said of the anchor after her death, “Shatanya was a bigger-than-life spirit.”

    “Her wit and personality could brighten anyone’s day. She had a passion for telling stories in a way that really hit home.”

    “To say our family and this community will miss her is the understatement of the year.”

  • Shatanya Clarke’s alma mater

    According to KFDX, Clarke graduated from Florida A&M University and served as a Zeta Phi Beta sorority member.

  • Clarke’s Covid charity spotlighting

    During the pandemic, Shatanya Clarke created a segment — Helping the Helpers — to help local charities raise money to support their efforts against Covid-19.

  • Shatanya Clarke shared her journey

    Clarke had been open about her battle with a brain tumor before her death and regularly shared updates on her social media profiles and her YouTube channel called “Shatanya’s Road to Recovery.”

    “The truth is – Bob Marley said it first – you never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice,” Clarke said in her final video titled The Finale.

    “I’ve come to accept that my life turned out exactly as it was designed, or destined to be,” Clarke added.

    “Whether I like it or not, whether I understand the reason or not, I cannot change the things in my past. I can only control my present, and possibly make choices that positively affect my future.”

  • Where did Shatanya Clarke work?

    Clarke joined local Texas outlet KFDX in 21018 as a local reporter before being quickly promoted to news anchor at the station.

  • How old was Shatanya Clarke?

    Clarke was just 27 years old when she passed away.

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