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River ’s WCIL in Carbondale, Ill lost one of the stations DJs this weekend.  Investigators say it may be several weeks before they know how a local DJ . Joshua Eldridge, 28, of Benton, was found dead in a hotel Saturday morning. He was known by thousands as DJ Elrod on 101.5 WCIL-.

David Franklin has known DJ Elrod for almost a decade. Not by his radio handle, but rather the neighbor upstairs named Josh. Franklin learned of Joshua Eldridge’s death Sunday afternoon, shortly before News 3 arrived.

“I was shocked,” Franklin said. “I wasn’t expecting to hear that at all.”

Investigators say Eldridge’s body was found in a room at Days Inn in Benton early Saturday, about a mile from his home. Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler says preliminary do not give him any solid answers as to how Eldridge died. He is awaiting toxicology results, which could take two to four weeks. The station posted this message on their website:

It is with a heavy heart and utmost sadness that we recognize the passing of CIL-FM Night Josh “Elrod” Eldridge.  Josh was an extremely talented, dedicated employee of River Radio for five years and he will be greatly missed.  The airwaves of CIL-FM will not be the same without Elrod’s voice and the great contribution he has made to our station over the years.  Our thoughts and go out to his family.  May he rest in peace

7 COMMENTS

  1. Joshua Eldridge was a scumbag. Multiple felony charges include armed robbery, home invasion, aggravated battery, drug charges, plus a host of other traffic offenses not listed here:

    JOSHUA J ELDRIDGE
    1412 N LINCOLN DRIVE APT B
    BENTON, IL 62812
    DOB: 02/24/83
    DLN: E43643083055

    NOTE: VIOLENT FELON

    2001CF286/1 – AGG BATTERY WITH WEAPON
    2001CF286/2 – BATTERY/CAUSE BODILY HARM
    2004CF85/1 – HOME INVASION / CAUSE INJURY
    2004CF85/2 – ARMED ROBBERY
    2004CF85/3 – AGG BATTERY WITH WEAPON
    2006CF149/1- POSSES CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE NARCOTIC
    2010OP246 – ORDER OF PROTECTION AGAINST
    2002OP221 – ORDER OF PROTECTION AGAINST
    2010CM435/1 – VIOLATE STALKING NO CONTACT ORDER
    2010CM435/2 – VIOLATE STALKING NO CONTACT ORDER
    2006CF149/2- DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE
    2005TR4423 – OPERATE UNINSURED MTR VEHICLE
    2005TR4424 – IMPROPER USE OF REGISTRATION/TITLE
    2005TR4422 – DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE

  2. I agree with Danielle he was a horrible person and loved causing trouble! Did you know he threatend another co-workers life and that person was taken off of cil cause of what Josh did to him. and the other poor guy lost a tone of hours and he wasn’t even the one who threatened someones life! I’m sorry to hear that he passed away so suddenly but what he did to that other co-worker was horrible! He probably was cheating on his wife too!

  3. WOW!!! Thank you so much danielle for sharing that because on the news and the people at river radio painted such a great picture of this man and he was a punk kid who put on the worlds greastest acting job to get the so called thousands of people who knew him to believe he was this great man and dj that did so much for river radio. All of that was total bullshit and because of everything he did and was recently doing I truly believe god punished him as he should have and he is BURNING IN HELL WHERE HE BELONGS.

  4. lolwow, a lot of douchebags in here. @DANIELLE and you’re much better for copying and pasting on a page that is listing that a man died. @ FRANK RIZZO: I completely laughed at your comment. How pathetic. God punished him for what he did and HE’S burning in hell? I’m sure you’re going right there with him, buddy. You aren’t God. I’m allowing you to hate on my comment, go ahead.

  5. Are yall serious? So when I die, will people look back on me and say “she’s going to hell. She got caught twice driving on a suspended license, and some other things. She is scum.” ? You all will burn for your comments. Hateful biggets. RIP Joshua. I will be praying for his family.

  6. brandee i agree may not have been a perfect guy but i knew him and his bro and he was a alright dude. funny thing is they do have to wait for him to die and post garbage online not to mention his rap sheet. your fucking scum who does that shit..

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