LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN)- Coby Mach, talk show host for KLIN and President and CEO of the Lincoln Independent Business Association, passed away on Friday.
In a release late Friday night, LPD said officers responded to a call at 5:40 p.m. in south Lincoln in the 5300 block of Concord Rd. LPD said Mach was found dead inside his parked car. The initial investigation revealed the 53-year-old died of an apparent suicide.
LPD went on to say, "Coby was a pillar in the Lincoln community and a respected member of our local media. He impacted countless lives through his Drive Time Lincoln radio show on KLIN and his work with the community as the president of the Lincoln Independent Business Association. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and coworkers .If you or anyone you know is suffering from thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone. Lincoln has strong community resources available.
We encourage anyone seeking help to reach out to the following resources:
Lincoln Police Department 911 or 402-441-6000
Bryan West Mental Health Unit 2300 S 16th Street
Centerpointe Crisis Line at 402-475-6695 or text START to 741741
KEYA warm line 402-261-5959
Mach's family released the following statement:
“Tonight our family lost a husband, a father and a wonderful man with the passing of Coby Mach. We are thankful for all of the love and support we have received from so many friends at this time of mourning and grief. We ask for the community’s prayers as our family reflects on the life of a man we love.”
LIBA also released a statement:
“When we learned tonight of the passing of our President, Coby Mach, we were stunned. We are heartbroken and saddened by his death. Through his 15 years with LIBA he represented our organization and our positions on issues with integrity and intensity that was appreciated by our Board. He helped our membership double in growth. He was a huge asset to our organization and the community of Lincoln, and his leadership and friendship will be greatly missed. Lincoln is a better community today because of the efforts of Coby Mach.”
Thursday afternoon Mach posted on his Facebook account, his Drive Time Lincoln show on KLIN that night would be his last.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after the death of Coby Mach:
“Coby Mach cared deeply for his neighbors, his community, and our state. He served all of us though his work at KLIN and as President of the Lincoln Independent Business Association. His death is simply heartbreaking. Melissa and I lift up his wife, Lorie, and children in prayer.”
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer released the following statement after the death of Coby Mach:
“Coby Mach was a dear friend who contributed so much to the community of Lincoln and the state of Nebraska. Bruce and I were shocked and brokenhearted to hear of his tragic passing. Our sincerest condolences and prayers are with Coby’s wife, Lorie, and his daughters Sara and Annie.”
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