St. Petersburg, Florida -- Radio listeners and colleagues of a longtime Tampa DJ are in shock after Dave McKay was found dead in his apartment early Thursday morning.
McKay, whose real name was Steve Ehmke, has been the co-host of the "Dave and Veronica Show" on 99.5 WQYK for 17 years.
When McKay did not show up to work, a colleague who lives in the same apartment complex went to check on him and that’s when he was found.
There is no sign of foul play. Police are still investigating the death.
“You had 70,000 views on this thing,” said McKay in a video posted to YouTube from Wednesday’s show.
McKay’s voice is no stranger to the airwaves posting this video on YouTube on Wednesday as he interviewed guests.
“Nice job. You guys are great,” he said.
Nobody would have thought this would end up being his last show.
“It’s kind of hard to talk right now about it,” says a neighbor of McKay’s. “It hasn’t hit me yet that neighbors not here.’
His sense of humor could be felt through the speakers and his smile could light up a room.
“He was very well liked,” says another neighbor.
McKay felt like his listeners were friends — and that’s why so many Thursday are mourning the sudden loss of a voice so many were proud to call a friend.
McKay was just 55 years old.
A former co-worker said Dave and Veronica were like a married couple and used to say they're each others "work wife" and "work husband."
WQYK also released the following statement on their website:
"On Thursday morning, August 4th, we all found out that we’d lost our good friend Dave McKay.
Dave was one of the nicest people any of us have ever met and he was 100% the guy you heard on air for years.
If you were a listener to 99.5 QYK, you were his friend – that’s how he felt. Even if you’d never met him, Dave loved you.Say a prayer for Dave’s family, his friends, and all of us here at 99.5 QYK – because we’re hurting right along with you."
Beasley Media Group, WQYK's parent company, released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our WQYK Morning Host Dave McKay. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans. Our hearts are heavy within the Beasley Media Group during this extremely difficult time. Dave we will miss you."
Click here to watch video of Dave & Veronica joking around after The Morning Show.
Following the news of Dave's death, QYK asked fans in a tweet to join them as they remember their friend by sharing with them their favorite memories.