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Former 'The Kane Show' Host Peter Deibler Has Died After a Long Illness

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Mar. 9 2021, Updated 10:02 a.m. ET

Many people listened to The Kane Show on their way to work or while going about their morning routines. The iHeartRadio series began airing on the station HOT 99.5 in Washington D.C., Tampa Bay, and Baltimore in 2006. During its run, it was one of the most-listened-to shows.

Since it began, the show was hosted by Peter Deibler aka Kane. The on-air personality became a celebrity among his avid listeners.  

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Without any warning, iHeartRadio announced in April of 2020 that the series would no longer be part of the weekly schedule. Instead, it was replaced by a new radio series, Your Morning Show. As if that wasn't enough to get listeners speculating as to what happened, all of Kane's former co-hosts on The Kane Show would be leading Your Morning Show.

Though there wasn't a lot of information about what exactly happened at the time, now, nearly a year later, there's more clarity. 

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What happened to Kane from The Kane Show? The radio personality has passed away. Keep reading for the refresher on the show's cancellation and for more information about what happened to Peter Deibler. 

What happened to Kane from 'The Kane Show'?

Less than a year after The Kane Show came to an abrupt end and stumped listeners, former host Peter Deibler has died. His representatives confirmed that the radio star passed away at the Shady Grove Adventist Medical Center on March 5 after a long illness. They did not specify what the illness was. 

The statement noted that Peter was survived by his two daughters, Sophie and Sam, and that the family wanted space to grieve. 

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"The family is requesting that their privacy be honored during this difficult time," it read, in part.

The official Twitter account for Hot 99.5 also commented on Peter's death.

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"We are deeply saddened to share that Kane has passed away," the tweet stated. "Kane has been an important part of our iHeart family for years, from his early days at WFLZ, to his network of stations at HOT 99.5 + Club Kane. Please keep Kane's family and girls in your thoughts and prayers."

It's unclear whether his illness played a part in his departure from his popular radio series.

'The Kane Show' went off the air in April of 2020.

While listeners originally learned of The Kane Show's cancellation because it failed to appear on the iHeartRadio lineup for HOT 99.5 in April of 2020, a spokesperson for iHeartRadio later confirmed that the show was done for good. 

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Per DCist, the spokesperson said, "Starting today [April 13, 2020], although Kane will still be a part of the iHeart family, he will no longer appear on the Hot 99.5 morning show. We appreciate all he has contributed and built over the last 14 years. The Morning Show will continue on schedule with John, Riley, and Rose."

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But, the spokesperson would not comment as to why the show was nixed. Because the remaining hosts from The Kane Show were staying on, many assumed that there was controversy surrounding Kane. 

The rumor was further fueled when his former HOT 99.5 co-host, Danni Starr, alleged that Kane was known for his egregious off-microphone behavior. 

In an April 13 Instagram post, Danni alleged in her caption that there were many women who were uncomfortable with Kane's actions. 

"CLEARLY everybody who is shocked about Kane forced themselves not to see the long line of women who disappeared from the air as if they never existed, disregarded the constant gaslighting on the air..." Danni wrote in her post. 

"I was backed into a corner, remember he kept saying I was busy? He was allowed to say anything he wanted on the air and I had to be quiet because, 'You're the mother and breadwinner of your family if I were you I wouldn't jeopardize that.'"

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"His co-hosts have had to do therapy because of the abuse we endured. I'm not scared in the least bit anymore. I will speak out for all of us and the women who right now are trying to survive a misogynistic, racist, sexist, abusive co-worker," she continued in her caption. "I promise you I will fight for and with you!... You should be ashamed you didn't listen to survivors."

Danni's allegations and the exact reasoning for Kane's firing were never confirmed by iHeartRadio.

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Kane was arrested for domestic violence against his ex-wife in 2016.

Danni's Instagram post wasn't the first time that the radio host's integrity had been called into question. In June of 2016, Kane was arrested in Maryland on charges of second-degree assault. 

The alleged assault took place in May of 2016 and it was against Kane's estranged wife, Natasha Deibler. According to reports, Kane threw Natasha against a wall in front of their two young daughters. 

Natasha claimed that she sprained her knee as a result of the assault, and she also allegedly sustained a head injury, a black eye, and several bruises. 

Shortly after he was arrested, Kane posted a $3,500 bond and was released from custody. He later said that the charge against him was "unfounded."

The two had been embroiled in a nasty divorce in the months leading up to the altercation. 

The Kane Show continued after his arrest, and the assault charge was later dropped. 

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The circumstances surrounding the conclusion of The Kane Show are still somewhat murky. It remains unclear whether Peter was ill at the time when the show went off the air, or if the allegations against him played a part in the end. 

Our thoughts are with Peter's loved ones at this time.

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