On Sunday, popular radio host Delilah Rene Luke (commonly known as "Delilah"), announced the sad passing of her son. Her 18-year-old son, Zachariah, took his own life.
Delilah posted on her social media accounts to let the world know about her son's death and to announce that she would be taking a break from her radio show.
She said, “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."
She continued, “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. In the meantime, 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.”
Now, exactly a week after her son's death, Delilah opened up to People about the tragedy. She talked about Zachariah's life, joys, and struggles.
She said, "He was my wild child; 13 broken bones, umpteen trips to the hospital with appendicitis, tonsillitis, a fractured skull. He was wild but so so so sweet."
Delilah said that throughout her son's teenage years, it became apparent that he had the gift of compassion.
She said, "He was a faithful friend to the outcast and the troubled. Dozens of his friends have written to me and told me he was like a counselor to them." After his death, the mom of one of his friends told Delilah that he "saved her daughter’s life when she was battling depression and anorexia, insisting the girl tell her folks and going with her to do that.”
Delilah said that when her son got in a car accident last December, he was traumatized. The accident, combined with a painful breakup and an illness, led to depression and struggles in school.
“When he found out he wouldn’t graduate he spiraled into depression, and was honest about it,” Delilah said. She said that she quickly “found him doctors, a fabulous counselor and support group.”
Delilah declined to share the details of Zachariah's death but said that he left behind a goodbye note.
She said, “His goodbye note did not mention sadness, anger, angst or depression, just a pressing madness about feeling like this world was not his home.”
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