Jeffrey Vandergrift was reported missing on February 23, 2023,  and his body was found in the water at San Francisco’s Pier 39 a week later. Wild 94.9 issued a statement confirming Vandergrift’s death. His family said that the body’s personal information concluded that it was Vandergrift who had died.


Jeffrey “JV” Vandergrift was a popular San Francisco radio DJ who passed away in February 2023. He was 54 years old at the time of his death.


Jeffrey Vandergrift attended American High School and went on to pursue a career in the music industry.

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In 1993, Vandergrift joined iHeart Media and co-hosted a comedy talk show called “The Dog House” with Dan Lay, which quickly became a hit in the Bay Area. Vandergrift’s radio personality was beloved by his listeners, and the show was so popular that it outperformed “The Howard Stern Show” in ratings.

Over the years, Vandergrift faced controversies, including a disagreement with Brad Kava, which caused negative feedback from some listeners. Despite this, Vandergrift remained one of the most popular radio hosts in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Jeffrey Vandergrift was the son of Ray Vandergrift, a veteran who served in the United States Military. However, there is no information available about his mother or any siblings he might have had.

In 2006, Jeffrey Vandergrift eloped with former Playboy model Natasha Yi, whom he had been dating for three years. The couple worked together on numerous radio shows. Natasha was a significant support system for Jeff. 

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Lyme disease diagnosis

In 2021, Vandergrift was diagnosed with Lyme disease and shared his health difficulties with his audience. Despite his health struggles, he continued to host his morning program on Wild 94.9 and share details about his life with his fans.

Net Worth

According to, as of 2023, Jeffrey Vandergrift’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 million, which he accumulated after working in the radio industry for nearly thirty years.


Vandergrift’s Instagram account, @theoriginaljv, where he often shared updates about his life and work, has not been updated since August 2022.