Although funeral plans for WDAF-Fox 4 Kansas City meteorologist Don Harman have not yet been released, mediabistro.com's TVSpy reports that all three Kansas City rival stations-KSHB, KMBC and KCTV-have offered to help staff the studio's newsroom so Harman's friends and colleagues can attend the service.
Multiple sources who spoke to the IBTimes did not reveal the exact of the services, saying that the Harman family wanted to stay private. However, the sources did say that the services have already been prepped.
Harman died by suicide Tuesday after a long battle with depression. His death circulated as a rumor Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, prompting Fox 4 to issue a statement on its Facebook page early Wednesday morning asking those who were curious to be patient, and then officially confirming the death several hours later on its Web site. Controversy has since ensued over the ethics of reporting and not reporting his suicide, the actual cause of death.
Jackson County Courthouse Public Information Officer Dan Ferguson said to the IBTimes that Harman's body was taken to the county's medical examiner's office and an autopsy was performed. While the suicide was confirmed, Ferguson said the manner in which Harman committed suicide could not be released for another six to eight weeks.
WDAF news director Bryan McGruder told TVSpy that WDAF has declined the offers from rival stations for newsroom coverage during Harman's funeral.
While we greatly appreciate the gestures, we won't need the help, McGruder said in an email to TVSpy.
Harman's obituary in the Kansas City Star says that a public memorial celebrating his life will be held at a later time. It reads:
Donald Paul Harman lived in South Kansas City, Missouri and was born in Marietta, Ohio on May 8th, 1970. Don was the youngest of three children born to Gordon Stanley Harman and the late Harriett Jo Harman. Don graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Don had always wanted to become a meteorologist. In fact, as a young boy he asked for items such as rain gauges and barometers as gifts. After graduation from college, Don worked as a meteorologist at WTAP in West Virginia, KIMT in Mason City, Iowa, and WOWK in Huntington, West Virginia before moving to Kansas City. In 1999, Don became the FOX4 morning show meteorologist at WDAF-TV4 and had a large following over the last eleven years. Don leaves behind the two loves of his life, wife Monica and young daughter, Avery Jo; his father Gordon Stanley Harman, Marietta, Ohio; sister Hattie Harman Sayre (John), Greenwood, Indiana; brother Gordon Harman (Susan), Bay Village, Ohio; nieces and nephews, extended family and a multitude of friends. Don passed away November 29th, 2011. A public memorial service celebrating Don's life will be held at a later time. For information or to offer condolences go to www.fox4kc.com. Memorials to benefit local charities can be sent to Don Harman Memorial Fund, c/o Tightwad Bank, 1160 SE Hwy. 7, Tightwad, Missouri 64735.