Last week, popular radio host Delilah revealed tragic news to millions of her loving fans: Her teen son, Zachariah, took his life on October 3.
Delilah is known all over for her nightly radio show which is broadcasted nationally, as well as her warm-hearted advice for anyone who asks. Sadly, however, the self-described “Queen of Sappy Love Songs” announced that in light of her beloved son’s passing, she would be off the air for a while to grieve.
In a Facebook message to fans, Delilah wrote, in part, that he’d been long suffering from depression:
My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you. 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. 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.
Fans and loved ones flocked to her side, sending thousands of supportive and uplifting comments.
On Thursday, the 57-year-old took to Facebook to share her grief with those who’ve been reaching out, and her message was utterly heartbreaking:
She shared old photos of her “Zack-Attack” and began her post with a quote from poet Mary Jean Irion:
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.
Then she wrote that, tragically, she’ll never again be able to share a “normal day” ever again with her son, and all the little things that come with that:
There will not be another “normal day” with my Zack-Attack, at least not in this life time. No more cooking his favorite foods or bringing home gallons of his favorite juice, no more laughter around the bon fire or Christmas mornings.
She gave fans a glimpse into her pain, writing:
My heart is struggling to continue to beat.
Lastly, she signed off asking people to pray for all those deeply affected by the loss of Zachariah:
Thank you for your prayers, love and support. Please pray for his grandparents, his siblings, his dad and his friends. We are all doing our best to focus on his joyful heart, his wild free spirit and his smile.
She noticeably left out herself when kindly requesting prayers, but her fans made sure to do so anyway:Delilah/Facebook Delilah/Facebook DelilahScreenshot/Facebook Delilah/Facebook
Because Delilah most certainly has a long, painful journey ahead, her friends, family, and fans are doing their best to offer as much comfort as possible to the distraught mother in a sweet role reversal of support, prayer, and guidance.