Radio host Delilah announces death of son Zachariah: 'My heart is broken beyond repair'

Syndicated radio host Delilah announced heartbreaking news on Saturday -- her son, Zachariah, took his own life last week after "battling depression for some time."

"My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you," the 57-year-old radio host wrote in a statement on Facebook, alongside a photo of her son. "In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life."

"He was being treated, counseled, and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now," she continued. "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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Known as the "Queen of Sappy Love Songs," Delilah also announced that she would be taking some time away from work to grieve.

"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! Please pray for my beloved Zacky, and I will pray for all suffering from this debilitating disease called depression."

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Radio personality Delilah attends the annual Republic Records holiday party hosted by Ketel One vodka on December 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Ketel One vodka)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Radio personalities Delilah (L) andExecutive Vice President, Corporate Development and CFO of SESAC, Kelli Turner attend the T.J. Martell Foundation's Women of Influence Awards on May 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for T.J. Martell)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Radio personality Delilah speaks during the T.J. Martell Foundation's Women of Influence Awards at Guastavino's on May 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for T.J. Martell)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Radio personality Delilah attends the T.J. Martell Foundation's Women of Influence Awards on May 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for T.J. Martell)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 21: Radio personality Delilah arrives at iHeart Radio's 'Ultimate Valentines Day Escape' at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade on February 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 21: Radio personalities Valentine (L) and Delilah arrive at iHeart Radio's 'Ultimate Valentines Day Escape' at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade on February 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Jaquez Andre Sims, Justin Prescott, Krystal Joy Brown, Nathaniel Cullors, Josh Tower, Dwayne Cooper and Nik Walker from the cast of Motown with Host Delilah attend 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park 2014 at Bryant Park on August 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Brooklyn Shuck, Emily Rosenfeld, Tyrah Skye Odoms, Delilah, Taylor Richardson, Gaby Bradbury and Amaya Braganza from the cast of 'Annie' attend 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park 2013 at Bryant Park on August 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: (L-R) Brian Spitulnik, Tanja Wathen, Nathan Madden, Anne Horak, Donna Marie Ashbury, Rachel Bickerton, Angel Reda, Delilah and Brian O'Brien from 'Chicago'attend 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park 2013 at Bryant Park on July 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
KATIE - Nightime radio personality Delilah appears on KATIE, airing THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) KATIE COURIC, DELILAH
KATIE - Nightime radio personality Delilah appears on KATIE, airing THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) DELILAH
KATIE - Nightime radio personality Delilah appears on KATIE, airing THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) KATIE COURIC, DELILAH
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: (L-R) Kyle Barisich, radio personality Delilah, Trista Moldovan and Paul A. Schaefer attend 106.7 Lite FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park on July 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Radio personality Delilah attends 106.7 Lite FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park on July 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: Radio personality Delilah Rene Luke attends the 37th annual Gracie Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 22, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Host Delilah attends 106.7 Lite FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park on July 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: Host Delilah attends 106.7 Lite FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park on July 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: (L-R) Singer Kerry Butler, radio personality Delilah and singer Aaron Tveit attend the 106.7 Lite FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park on July 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JULY 22: Actress Leigh Ann Larkin and Lite fm Host Delilah pose for photos at Broadway in Bryant Park on July 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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In a statement to ET, Delilah's rep says, "Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and understanding during this devastating time for Delilah and her family."

Sadly, Zack isn't the first child the mother of 13 has lost -- one of her adopted sons, Sammy, died in 2012 from complications from sickle-cell anemia.

Delilah, who has handled thousands of song requests and dedications throughout her radio career, has an extensive fan base in the millions who listen to her nationally syndicated radio show nightly.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who also suffered from depression, died of suicide earlier this year. His wife, Talinda Bennington, shared similar sentiments to Delilah after the singer's passing.

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Erin Moran, who is known for her role in TV sitcom "Happy Days," died at the age of 56 after a secret battle with cancer.

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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died in his home at the Playboy Mansion of natural causes on September 27. He was 91 years old.

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Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park committed suicide in July, he was 41 years old.

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David Cassidy died on November 21 after having been placed in a medically-induced coma. The '70s heartthrob and "Partridge Family" star was 67.

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Comedian Jerry Lewis died on August 20. He was 91 years old.

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Tom Petty, the famed and beloved rocker behind hits like “American Girl” and “Free Fallin,” died in October following a cardiac arrest. He was 66.

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Actor Adam West attends the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Press Room at New York Comic-Con - Day 1 at Jacob Javits Center on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80.

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John Heard, known for his role as the father in the Home Alone films, died on July 21. Some reports say he was 71-years-old, however, others have his age listed as 72.

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Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor peacefully passed away at his home in Kentucky in July after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73.


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"Touched By an Angel" star Della Reese died at the age of 86 peacefully at her home on November 19.

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Roger Smith, who starred in the series "77 Sunset Strip" and was married to actress Ann-Margret, died Sunday in Sherman Oaks. He was 84.

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Gregg Allman, best known for performing in The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at 69.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died unexpectedly at 52 after he was found in a Detroit hotel room.

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Comedian Don Rickles died at the age of 90 from kidney failure.

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Comedian Charlie Murphy died at 57 from complications stemming from a battle with leukemia.

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Roger Moore, a former James Bond star, died after a short battle with cancer at 89.

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Jonathan Demme, the director known for his work on thriller "Silence of the Lambs," died at 73 from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

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Roger Ailes, who was at FOX News for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died at 77 after suffering a fall at his home.

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Bill Paxton died unexpectedly at age 61 on February 25. 

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AC/DC guitarist and co-founded Malcolm Young died in November at the age of 64 after a three-year battle with dementia.

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Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., who is also Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father, died at 72.

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Neil Fingleton, "Britain's tallest man" and "Games of Thrones" star died at 36 from heart failure.

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"Battlestar Galactica" star Richard Hatch died at 71. 

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John Hurt, star of "The Elephant Man," died at 77. 

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Butch Trucks, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, died at 69.

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Actor Miguel Ferrer died from throat cancer at 61.

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Dick Gautier, known for is role in the Broadway musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' died at 85.

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Frank Deford, giant of sports journalism, died at 78.

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Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, who is known for hits like ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," died at 90 years old.

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Television personality Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin, known for his MTV show "Rob & Big," died at the age of 45.

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Dina Merrill, the actress known for movies like "Butterfield 8" and "Operation Petticoat," died at 93.

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Frank Pellegrino Sr. (R) died at age 72 following a battle with lung cancer. He was known for his role on "The Sopranos." 

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Former pop singer Tommy Page was found dead at 46 in New York City.

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"Doll Squad" star Francine York passed away at 80 after a battle with cancer.

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Joni Sledge, the "We Are Family" singer, was found dead in her Phoenix home. She was 60.

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Jazz legend Al Jarreau died at the age of 76.

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Actor Robert Michael Morris died at age 77. His death was confirmed by friend Lisa Kudrow.

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Monty Hall, one of the most popular game show hosts in American television died in September at age 96.

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Anne Jeffreys, star of ‘General Hospital’ and Broadway’s ‘Kiss Me Kate,’ died in September at 94.

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Barry Dennen, member of the original cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” died in September at age 79.

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Famed soul singer Charles Bradley died in September at the age of 68.

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Harry Dean Stanton, the actor known for his roles in "Twin Peaks," "Big Love," "Pretty in Pink" and "Repo Man" died of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 91.

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Frank Vincent, who had a key role on "The Sopranos" and appeared in a number of Martin Scorsese films, died at age 78.

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Nelsan Ellis, who starred in the HBO series True Blood, died on July 8 from alcohol withdrawal after years of struggling with substance abuse. He was 39 years old.

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Blake Heron, the child actor who starred in 1996's "Shiloh," died at age 35.

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Comedian Shelley Berman, who was famous as a "sit-down" comedian and later as Larry David's dad on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," died at the age of 92.

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Dick Gregory, the trailblazing comic and civil rights activist whose unique brand of comedy combined cutting wit and contemporary headlines, died in August at the age of 84.

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Martin Landau, the all-purpose actor known for his Oscar-winning performance in Ed Wood, died in July. He was 89.

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Gary DeCarlo, the lead singer of Steam, died in June at the age of 75.

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Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the Swedish film version of "The Girl With Dragon Tattoo," died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

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Prodigy, who made up one half of Mobb Deep, died in June. He was 42.

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Comedian Ralphie May was found dead in his Las Vegas home in early October. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45.

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"Benson" actor Robert Guillaume died on October 24 at the age of 89 following a long battle with breast cancer.

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Legendary New Orleans musician Fats Domino died of natural causes at the age of 89 at the end of October.

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Former "Veronica Mars" actor Brad Bufanda died of a suspected suicide at the age of 34 at the beginning of November.

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Rising rapper Lil Peep was found dead in his tour bus on November 15 in Arizona. He was 21. Officials are still determining his cause of death, which is suspected to be an accidental overdose.

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Wendy Pepper, who was a fan-favorite on "Project Runway," died peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 53 in mid-November. No cause of death was given.

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Jim Nabors, widely adored for playing Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," passed away in November 2017 at age 87.

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