Jackie O revealed tragic and heart rending news today.
With Kyle away sick and Beau Ryan co-anchoring the show, Jackie, revealed that behind the scenes the whole team at KIIS FM has been suffering, trying to cope with the death of four-year-old Tate Bargwanna, son of content director Derek Bargwanna.
As she fought back tears she spoke of Tate’s passing. “Over the last week or so we’ve been going through something behind the scenes that’s been really difficult for all of us to deal with…our boss, DB…just a little while ago his four-year-old son, Tate, died in his sleep and it was completely unexpected and we don’t know why.”
Derek has been with Kyle and Jackie O for almost two decades and his wife Belinda Bargwanna works for Macquarie Media.
“We’ve tried every day to go on air and carry on because DB would never want us to take a day off, but it has been really traumatic for the whole team,” she said. “We wanted to send our love to DB and his beautiful wife Belinda.”
Tate’s funeral was held on the weekend and Beau added his own thoughts. “It was one of the most overwhelming things I’ve ever been to in my life… the most beautiful as well.”
Jackie added: “We hope now that is family can start that healing process, they have a long road ahead, but they have so much love and support around them… family and friends and everyone here at the station.”