David “Ace” Cannon and Richie “TJ” Beams have been on the air together for more than 20 years. The Ace & TJ Show originates out of Charlotte, N.C., but its audience has grown to include people all across the southern United States where it is syndicated. Ace and TJ have spent the past couple of decades covering the daily news, taking listeners’ calls, and growing a tight-knit community.
Ace and TJ have always been dedicated to using their widespread popularity for good. They started a charity called The Radio Family Charity to raise funds for those in need, as well as another charity dedicated to gifting all-expense vacations to children who are terminally ill or chronically disabled. Sadly, The Ace & TJ Show has been struck by tragedy as Ace’s daughter Payton has unexpectedly passed away.
What happened to Ace's daughter from ‘The Ace & TJ Show’?
According to The Gaston Gazette, Payton was driving a 2020 BMW in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 29 when the car went off the road and crashed into a tree. A fire crew returning from a medical call happened upon the crash. Payton, 21, died at the scene.
Later that morning, Ace’s co-host posted a message on the show’s Facebook page sharing the tragic news. “Our show has experienced a heart-wrenching blow,” he wrote. “Ace’s daughter Payton was taken from us in a single-car accident last night. As you can imagine, we are all devastated, but Ace and his family are especially in desperate need of your prayers.”
“We have always shared our lives with you during laughter and sadness, so we wanted to give you the information before you heard it somewhere else. We will keep you updated as much as possible. Thank you for your constant support. We appreciate it more than you could possibly know.”
Thousands of fans reached out to show their support for Ace and his family. Ace’s various social media accounts were flooded with messages from fans sharing their condolences. “I’m so heartbroken for Ace and his family. I have listened since before the children were born and have always enjoyed hearing how much Ace loves his children,” one fan wrote. “Absolutely heartbroken for the Cannon family and members of the show, as I know you are all family,” said another.
In November of 2019, Ace debuted a music video for a song he wrote called “Maggie May Dreams.” The song is a celebration of the special relationship between dads and their daughters. He says he wrote the song for Payton, who also appears briefly in the music video.
A post made on Friday, July 31 shared that Ace and his family, including ex-wife Shonnette, son Cade, and fiancée Amanda were very grateful for the outpouring of support from their Radio Family. Ace has asked that in lieu of sending cards and flowers, people consider donating to one of The Ace & TJ Show’s charities, Grin Kids and The Radio Family Charity. The post also revealed that, in a touching tribute, they would be renaming The Radio Family Charity to Payton’s Promise.
Our thoughts are with Ace and his family during this tragic time.