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Chris Chavez of Power 98.3 Passes Away Over the Weekend


The employees and fans of Valley radio station Power 98.3 are in mourning today as former hip-hop jock Chris Chavez died over the weekend.

According to a source at the station, the 34-year-old midday host passed away in his sleep on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Although an official cause of death hasn't been released, Chavez reportedly suffered from an unspecified medical condition.

The DJs of Magic City Radio, Power 98.3's A.M. drivetime show, paid tribute to their fallen comrade this morning and stated that Chavez had been dealing with "complications from medical reasons."

Chavez, who was born in Texas, began working at Power 98.3 in 2009 and had worked in various capacities at the hip-hop radio station, including previous stints as a music director and assistant program director.

Power 98.3 also posted the following notice on its Facebook page yesterday afternoon:

Power 98.3 and Riviera Broadcasting would like to express our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Chris Chavez. With Chris's sudden passing he will be missed by his family, friends and fans.

Most recently, Chavez worked the midday shift from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. as one of Power's better on-air talents (a fact we recognized in our annual "Best of Phoenix" issue from 2010).

No funeral or memorial information has been announced as of this writing.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.