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Delilah, radio host to brokenhearted, reveals son's suicide

Delilah, radio host to brokenhearted, reveals son's suicide

She adopted 10 of her 13 children
Delilah, radio host to brokenhearted, reveals son's suicide
Delilah Rene, known simply as "Delilah."
Photographer: Via delilah.com

Her Twitter bio states her mission: "I'm Delilah, the one on the radio. Here to connect with you, share with your life and love, heart ache and triumphs."

Hour after hour, radio listeners call into her show, pour out stories of broken hearts, lost jobs and horrible family situations. The 57-year-old radio host tries to instill optimism with a few words and a soft rock song meant to encourage.

Sometimes women want Delilah Rene — known simply as "Delilah" — to pick out a song that tells their sweetie how much they're appreciated. Sometimes men want a song that tells those they love to keep hanging on when things get tough.

Delilah says she knows just the song that will soothe the ache in her caller's heart. Usually, it's soft pop or the adult contemporary genre.

But now it's her heart that is broken. Over the weekend she revealed that one of her 13 children had died by suicide.

She said in a Twitter message posted Saturday:

Delilah, who was born in Oregon and is based in the Pacific Northwest, adopted 10 of her 13 children. Another son died in 2012 of complications of sickle-cell anemia.

Her show primarily airs on stations owned by iHeartMedia. She calls herself "the queen of sappy love songs."

"For her predominantly female audience, Delilah Rene's show is the comforting auditory equivalent of chicken pot pie," The Washington Post's Ellen McCarthy wrote in 2010.

Delilah was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2016.

In announcing her son's suicide, Delilah said she was taking an indefinite break from radio.

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