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How did Lin Brehmer die? Radio legend, 68, had taken 'leave of absence' in 2022

'Tomorrow at 10am, Lin Brehmer's XRT family will celebrate the incredible life of our best friend in the whole world,' said Terri Hemmert of WXRT
UPDATED JAN 23, 2023
Lin Brehmer died of cancer at the age of 68 (Facebook/Lin Brehmer)
Lin Brehmer died of cancer at the age of 68 (Facebook/Lin Brehmer)

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Lin Brehmer, a legendary radio host, died after a prolonged battle with cancer. The tragic news of the 68-year-old renowned Chicago radio host's death was revealed by Terri Hemmert of WXRT, who shared it on Facebook on Sunday, January 22.

Hemmert wrote, "It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that we all lost our best friend. Lin Brehmer fought cancer as long as he could. He passed early this morning, peacefully, with his wife and son by his side." Hemmert also mentioned that on January 23, at 10 am (the time Brehmer's show typically started), the radio station will dedicate a special block of programming to him. He wrote, "Tomorrow at 10am, his XRT family will celebrate the incredible life of our best friend in the whole world. We'll hold each other up through this heart-breaking time. Lin would want that. Take nothing for granted. ~Terri Hemmert."


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Brehmer, who is highly recognized for his work at WXRT and his reflections about Lin Bin on the radio, had placed his profession on hold in July 2022 so that he could undergo chemotherapy for prostate cancer. He posted a message on Twitter on July 12, 2022, announcing his "leave of absence."

The tweet, which was posted to the account of WXRT Chicago, contained a statement that read, "I have been fighting prostate cancer for several years. I have worked through various radiation treatments, biopsies, CT Scans, MRI's and drug therapies."


Brehmer announced, "Starting Monday, I will begin a long period of chemotherapy," after saying that the disease was discovered and treated early but has "spread places one would rather it did not spread." He remarked, "Afford me the kindness you have always shown me."

Brehmer concluded his message by saying, "I will miss spending time with you every day, but hopefully, this too will pass and one day down the down, I will announce brightly on the airwaves of 93XRT, 'It's Friday. It's Great to be Alive.'"

The radio personality and his wife Sara Farr shared a Facebook post commemorating their wedding anniversary on September 30, 2022. Colgate Magazine claims that the two met while they were students at Colgate. The two had a boy named Wilson.