Radio host and self-proclaimed “queen of sappy love songs,” Delilah Rene, announced Monday morning that she will be taking a leave of absence from her syndicated radio show in wake of her 18-year-old son’s recent death by suicide.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Delilah announced that her son, Zachariah, whom she affectionately calls “Zacky,” took his own life last Tuesday.
“My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you,” she wrote on social media. “On Monday, October 2, 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. My heart is broken beyond repair and I cannot fathom how to go on…but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through.”
Delilah announced she’ll (understandably) be on hiatus for the foreseeable future as she grieves and processes the loss of Zacky with her family.
The single mother of 13 (10 of which she adopted) is a devout Christian, and speaks openly about her faith in God. She founded Point of Hope Foundation in 1993, which aims to be a voice for forgotten children.
“We endeavor to be a voice for forgotten children,” she told CNN. “Here in America we work with foster kids, trying to get people to adopt foster kids out of foster care. And then internationally we work in Ghana, West Africa, with orphans.”
The 57-year-old radio host has been on the air for more than 30 years. In that time, she’s become the most listened to woman on U.S. radio. Delilah informed fans that they would play reruns of the show in her absence.
“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.”
Our prayers are with the entire family at this time.
If you or someone you know is struggling from depression or thoughts of suicide, DON’T stay silent. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text “START” to 741-741.