Wife of San Fran DJ who was found dead floating off pier says her heart is ... trends now
The wife of a radio host whose body was found floating near a pier in the San Francisco Bay a month after he vanished posted a heart-wrenching tribute to her late husband.
Natasha Yi said she could 'barely breathe or see through the pain and tears' while posting about the death of her husband, Jeffrey Vandergrift, and recalled the anguish she experienced while he was still missing.
Yi said the pain she was experiencing now that Jeffrey had been found dead was 'something I have never felt before,' and doubted she would ever feel happy again.
The beloved radio host, known as JV, was reported missing to the San Francisco Police Department on February 23. Police confirmed that they found his body in the water at Pier 39 just before 5pm on Wednesday, adding that there was no evidence of foul play.
It remains unclear what led to his death, but social media posts made before his disappearance indicate he may have been suffering a medical or psychological episode. In her post Natasha said she would not yet be releasing details out of respect for Jeffrey and his family.
Jeffrey Vandergrift and his wife Natasha Yi. Natasha posted a heart-wrenching tribute to him
Natasha Yi's message about her husband Jeffrey Vandergrift after his death was announced
The beloved radio host, known as JV, was reported missing to the San Francisco Police Department on February 23
Natasha included a number of photos of her and Jeffrey in her post, including shots from their wedding, with their two dogs, and of fun times together.
'Every moment he was missing was agonizing for me. But the pain I feel now is something I have never felt before,' she wrote. 'My heart is crushed, and I cannot see myself ever moving forward, ever feeling joy or being at peace.'
'I am devastated that the love of my life is gone. But what I do know is that JV loved his work and he loved connecting with all of you. He loved his family, and I know he loved me as much as I love him. Our bond was truly unmatched.'
'JV did not want to leave any of us,' she added.
Natasha said she was together with Jeffrey's family and asked for privacy while they were mourning, and acknowledged how much his fanbase loved him too.
'Remember his laugh, kindness and the immense impact he had on many of you and our entire community,' she wrote. 'JV, my love, I will cherish the time we had together and will miss you until the day I see you again.'
Natasha Yi posted this picture of her and Jeffrey Vandergrift's wedding day
Natasha Yi posted pictures of her and husband Jeffrey Vandergrift in her latest post
His wife Natasha previously said that she didn't believe he would come back to her
Natasha's message comes after the radio station he worked for posted a tribute to the beloved host and husband nearly two weeks after he disappeared.
In a post shared March 8 on social media, Wild 94.9 shared details about Vandergrift's life while thanking him for 30 years of entertainment in the Bay Area.
'Thanks for the laughs. Thanks for the love. Thank you, JV,' the station wrote.
Vandergrift first went missing after he told listeners about mysterious brain issues he was experiencing.
Viewers later found that he had edited an Instagram caption to thank his fans for a 'wonderful life.'
His model wife said last week they believe he 'will not be coming back' despite working with police to find him.
Vandergrift had started his show, The Dog House, at Hot 97.7 in San Jose before bringing it back to San Francisco at 107.7 - now known as Wild 94.9.
The show made Vandergrift 'a household name' in the area as listeners tuned in for 'a daily mix of pranks and laughs and a colorful cast of characters.'
Behind the jokes, however, the station said Vandergrift was a champion for organizations and causes in need.
His coworkers thanked him for also being 'candid about the highs and lows of his own life.'
A picture of Jeffrey Vandergrift and Natasha Yi in bed together. Natasha included it in her latest post
Jeffrey Vandergrift and Natasha Yi rollerskating