Jeffrey Vandergrift, the celebrated Wild 94.9 radio host who has been missing since February , has died, San Francisco 's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told SFGATE on Thursday.
"With a heavy heart, we must confirm that the body found near Pier 39 on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as our dear friend, family member & colleague, JV," wrote his employer, Wild 94.9, in a March 23 Twitter post. "We are devastated to know now that JV is gone. Please keep his wife Natasha, his family, and close friends in your thoughts and prayers."
A longstanding figure in the Bay Area community, the "JV Show" host cultivated a dedicated audience of listeners at the hit radio station over the years. He was perhaps best known for his mischievous on-air antics, often pulling pranks and making people laugh, according to the station .
He was also open about his own personal hardships. The station and Vandergrift's wife, Natasha Yi, were aware of his ongoing battle with Lyme disease, a debilitating illness that can affect the joints, heart and nervous system if left untreated.
"JV, we will miss you," the station wrote. "You are forever a Bay Area icon."
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