The journalist’s death was confirmed by the local medical examiner’s office in an official statement to Variety. The tragic news was also provided by the radio station, which informed its listeners about the event via social media.
Jeffrey Vangrift is dead. The popular journalist was 55 years old
It is with a heavy heart that we must confirm that the body found near Pier 39 has already been identified as our dear friend, family member, associate – JV. We are devastated by this news,” the statement reads.
Vandergrift gained a large fan base thanks to the morning show “The JV Show” broadcast on Radio Wild. In 2021, he shared with listeners information about his health problems. Then he was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
The radio host was last seen at his residence in San Francisco. After February 23, the trace of the journalist was lost. In early March, his wife Natasha published a sad statement in which she admitted that she did not count on her partner returning. She noted that officially Vandergrift is still missing, but according to the latest information she has received, they will probably never see each other again.
I feel your love and support for JV and I am very grateful for that. The enormity of the physical torture he has endured over the last two years has been truly overwhelming,” the deceased’s wife wrote.
The day before the disappearance, the radio host confessed to listeners that his condition had deteriorated significantly. He admitted that as long as the disease caused him only physical pain – he was able to cope with it, but the suffering was accompanied by problems with the functioning of the brain. The journalist noted that he was unable to describe what was happening.
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