Lincoln talk show host’s death brings messages of sorrow

The death of a popular Nebraska talk radio host has brought messages of sorrow from the state's governor and other Republican leaders.

Lincoln police say 53-year-old Coby Mach, who hosted the KLIN-AM show "Drive Time Lincoln" and was president of the Lincoln Independent Business Association, was found dead in his car late Friday afternoon of an apparent suicide. The Lincoln Journal Star says Mach's death came a day after he announced the end of his talk show for health and family reasons.

Mach started in radio at 14 and worked in Grand Island, Omaha and at KFOR in Lincoln before joining KLIN. Board members say membership in the business organization doubled during his 15-year tenure.

Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a statement Saturday saying he was heartbroken over Mach's death and praised the talk show host as "a tenacious voice for fiscal conservatism and our free enterprise system."

Similar statements were issued by U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, as well as Lincoln-based U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.