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One day after announcing the end to his popular talk radio show, Lincoln Independent Business Association President Coby Mach has died.

Police confirmed Friday night that the 53-year-old Mach's death was a suicide. 

Mach was found by a passerby at Concord Road and Concord Circle just before 5:45 p.m. Mach had a gun in his lap, according to the passerby. The investigation is ongoing.

Mach hosted the KLIN-AM afternoon radio show “Drive Time Lincoln” and was a fixture of the local political scene, advocating conservative, pro-business policies.

“Tonight our family lost a husband, a father and a wonderful man with the passing of Coby Mach,” his family said in a written statement. “We ask for the community’s prayers as our family reflects on the life of a man we love.”

Mach led LIBA for 15 years.

On his Facebook page Thursday, Mach announced to his followers he would be hosting his last “Drive Time Lincoln” that afternoon.

In his post, he cited his ongoing problems with tinnitus, a ringing in his ear, and his wife's battle with cancer as reasons to “slow down.”

Mach represented LIBA and its policy positions “with integrity and intensity that was appreciated by (the LIBA) Board,” the organization said in a statement.

In an interview with the Journal Star in 2016, Mach explained his love for his work.

“This morning at 7 o’clock, I was in south Lincoln at a meeting with John, who owns The Still, talking about business issues, the things he’s trying to do and how we can help with it," Mach said. "For me, to have a job where every day I can go and talk with business owners ... this is probably one of the best jobs in town.”

Mach started in radio as a 14-year-old and went on to work in Grand Island, Omaha and at KFOR in Lincoln before taking over at LIBA and later joining KLIN.

“We are deeply saddened to hear about Coby’s death," NRG Media General Manager Ami Graham said in a statement. "It’s a shock to all of us, as well as the Lincoln community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mach family."

Membership in the business organization doubled during his time at the helm. LIBA board members said his leadership and friendship would be missed.

“Lincoln is a better community today because of the efforts of Coby Mach,” they said.

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