Beloved local WCCO-TV news reporter Darcy Pohland died in her sleep Friday at the age of 48.
According to Kare 11, Pohland had been feeling ill all week but still made it into work before taking a sick day on Thursday.
She briefly fainted at the station on Monday.
"She was just a force of nature," said Scott Libin, the station's news director. "She had no tolerance for excuses. She had no tolerance for pity or complaints. She was just all about going out and getting it done."
Pohland broke her neck in 1983 when she dove into the shallow end of a pool, leaving her paralyzed below the waist.
She did not let the fact that she was in a wheelchair hinder her reporting abilities.
"We covered the Saint Peter tornado together in 1998, and there was debris everywhere," said Brad Earley, a photojournalist who worked with her frequently. "And she made her way around just fine. The only thing that could stop Darcy and her wheelchair was six inches of snow."
WCCO reported that Pohland was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers fan.
She will be remembered for her love and passion for sports, figure skating, musical theater, and her cats.
"So full of energy. She was positive, argumentative, opinionated, smart, but probably most of all you could count on Darcy to always put her friends first," said Mim Davey, a good friend of Pohland.
Pohland was once asked what she hoped God would say to her once she reached the pearly gates.
She responded with a smile by saying, "It's you? What are you doing here?"