Danville, VA - Folks across Danville are mourning the loss of a local celebrity and to many, a dear friend.
Blake Dalton, 24, had been a familiar voice to Danville residents for years, working for two popular radio stations in the city.
But to the shock of his friends, family, and fans, Dalton suddenly passed away Monday night after having a seizure.
Dalton had a dedicated following and many of his fans just can't believe he's gone.
In his short time on air, Dalton made his mark on the town he loved, doing what he loved as a country music DJ.
At just 24, Dalton had already accomplished more as a DJ than many do in a lifetime.
"He loved the country music. He loved the legendary artists and he just brought such knowledge of the artists themselves and had such contacts, " said Barbara Seamster, general manager of the Lakes Media Danville Office.
His budding career came to a sudden end when Dalton suffered a seizure at his grandmother's home and passed away.
"When they called and said he died, it didn't hit at first, and then it hit. It comes and goes. At certain points, I'll feel fine and then the next point it's overwhelming, " said WMPW DJ and Operations Manager Justin Lloyd.
Dalton had spent the last eight months at WMPW.
He was the driving force behind the 103.7 switch from Top 40 to Country Legends just a few months ago.
"This was everything he loved about music all rolled up into one. Country Legends was his and it will always be a big part. He will be a part of that forevermore, " said Seamster.
Dalton got his start in radio as a teen at WDVA, and he went on to have a 7 year career with WAKG, where he would become one of the top DJ's in Danville.
It's been a solemn day for employees that once called him a colleague and still called him a friend.
"I'm just going to miss him being there. He was always there for so many people...on the radio, or a phone call away or even through social media or text message, " said WAKG employee Ginyah Mullins.
For fans that never had the pleasure of meeting Dalton face-to-face - but counted on his voice every morning - local radio will never quite be the same.
"The phone has been ringing all morning long, people coming to the door, showing their love for him and that's what we want to do today, " Seamster said.
Blake's father, James Dalton, said his son loved God and adored his listeners. James Dalton would like to thank everyone for their condolences.
The family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.
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