Missing DJ Jeffrey 'JV' Vandergrift confirmed dead when body found in water at San Francisco's Pier 39, officials say

SAN FRANCISCO — The body found Wednesday in the waters of San Francisco's Pier 39 was confirmed missing by radio host Jeffrey “JV” Vandergrift, the coroner said.

San Francisco police officers responded to Pier 39 just before 5pm and found someone in the water. The person was confirmed dead at the scene, authorities said.

On Thursday, the city medical examiner's office confirmed the body was that of 55-year-old Vandergrift, who went missing in late February. Police said no foul play was believed to have been involved.

“It is with a heavy heart that we must confirm that the body found near Pier 39 on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as that of a friend, a member of our family. & colleagues, JV,” radio station Wild 94.9 said in a statement Thursday. “We are devastated to learn that JV is missing. Please keep his wife Natasha, his family and a close friend in your thoughts and prayers.”

Following his passing, “The JV Show” listeners called in to share an outpouring of love and support for the show's co-hosts.

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“JV if you're out there listening we love you buddy,” said one listener.

“I'm keeping hope alive,” said another.

Hopes dwindled when Vandergrift's wife, Natasha Yi, shared a message, saying she had recently come across information that “leads us to believe JV will not be coming back.”

Yi, who is also the host of Wild 94.9, thanked everyone for their support in trying to find her husband.

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Vandergrift has openly spoken about being diagnosed with a severe case of Lyme disease which often left him with “brain fog”.

During its final show on Feb. 23, Vandergrift shared an update on his health while speaking with a listener.

“The things I'm going through in my brain that they're trying to figure out… ugh,” he said.

“It starts … with them believing that something has revived an old infection,” he explained. “Body, and pain, and all the things I can deal with. What it does to my brain, I can never explain to you.”

Lyme disease is known to cause dizziness and fatigue, but it can also cause depression, anxiety and even anger.

Vandergrift's final message on social media began by saying, “Thank you for a beautiful life, filled with joy, laughter, pain and struggle…”

VIDEOS: Heartbreaking moments on ‘The JV Show' after the news of Jeffrey Vandergrift's death was confirmed

The hosts of “The JV Show” shared their raw feelings air Thursday when news broke of the death of their beloved comrade.

“I'm going to need your help getting through this Graham,” co-host Selena said as she prepared to read the news to listeners.

“Seeing his picture on the website, just reminds you of the – you know, the better times when…” Graham began. “She's healthy and happy. I mean, that's how I can remember her… pre-Lyme,” Selena said.

“You know, most people who listen have no idea what he's going through off-air,” said Graham, going on to describe the “magic” of what he's able to perform on-air when “between, in commercials and songs, he destroyed.”

“He went through like hell.”