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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, on-air personality Delilah Rene hosts the iHeartRadio Ultimate Valentine's Escape at Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ in Las Vegas. Rene announced on Facebook Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, that her son took his own life on Oct. 3. (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision/AP, File)

Radio host Delilah said she's taking a break after her son’s suicide


Beloved radio host Delilah says she is taking a break following her son’s recent suicide after battling depression.

“In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life,” she wrote last Saturday on Facebook.

“He was being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now,” Delilah added.

“My heart is broken beyond repair and I can not fathom how to go on…but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through.”

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Delilah added that her popular broadcast would re-air some of her favorite shows while her family mourns their loss.

“I will be absent from the radio and on social media for a time as I grieve and try to process this loss with my family,” she said.

“In the mean-time we’ll be playing some of my favorite shows from the recent past. I’ll look forward to my return, as you all lift me up so very much!”

Some Twitter users on Monday voiced sympathy for Delilah, a 57-year-old radio host whose real name is Delilah Rene.

Delilah calls herself “the queen of sappy love songs,” and her show primarily airs on stations owned by iHeartMedia.

The Washington Post on Monday reported that Delilah is based in the Pacific Northwest and has adopted 10 of her 13 children.

Delilah was born in Oregon, and she had another son who died in 2012 following complications relating to sickle-cell anemia.

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