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A Sad Day For The Kevin And Bean Family

The news we got this weekend from Ralph Garman, our friend and colleague of 11 years in the morning on the Kevin & Bean Show, left us in shock. It didn’t seem possible that his infant son who we had heard so much about was gone.

We were all so happy when we got the news of Lincoln‘s and his sister Olivia‘s birth on March 26th. When we went on the air with the news a few days later you let Ralph and Kari know how excited you were for them too with an outpouring of congratulations.

Because of the bond with our listeners that has developed over the years of being on KROQ we heard from many of you who were devastated by the news we announced this morning and said it felt like this had happened to one of their closest friends.

Ralph asked us to share a personal note with you. Please click MORE to go on.

“To all the K & B listeners:

My wife and I want to thank you so much for the avalanche of e-mails we got when I made the announcement about our twins last week. Your messages were filled with so much love and support, and were so appreciated.

Sadly, our little son, Lincoln, was stricken with a horrible, sudden illness on Saturday, and passed away Sunday morning.

I’ve asked K & B to pass this news on to you because so many of you were so generous with your concern and kindness regarding our new family. We’ll try to honor Lincoln by giving his little sister, Olivia, all the love we can.

I’ll be back as soon as I am able.

All my thanks to you all,


All of us who love Ralph and Kari feel so helpless right now to be able to say or do anything to comfort them in their hour of unimaginable sadness. It will take time and tremendous strength for them to weather this storm but please know how much they appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to send a condolence email, please click here (

Several listeners have asked for a physical address to mail cards to and KROQ is at 5901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca., 90034.

Finally, Ralph has shared with us on and off the air how much he deeply admires the doctors, nurses and staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. They have worked round-the-clock to give both babies, born nearly 2 months prematurely, the best possible care 24/7 since their delivery ten days ago.

The hospital has a Grateful Patient program where donations can be earmarked in the name of a loved one, to be used to “make advances in biomedical research, educate tomorrow’s physicians, and continue serving the community for years to come.”

If you would like to make a contribution of any amount, please do so in the name of Lincoln James Garman by clicking here.

Thank you.

  • Sergio

    My condolences to Ralph and Kari..sorry about the sudden passing of your Son.

    • Dieter E.

      So So Sorry to hear the news! I was in total shock when I heard. I missed the news on Monday because of work, and was wondering why you have been gone this week. Heartbreaking answer to my question! Ralph, Kari and Olivia-all my love and care for all of you to make it through your sudden loss.

  • Linh

    My deepest condolence to Ralph and his wife Kari. I’m so sorry for the lost of your son Lincoln James. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.

  • Johanna

    Hearing about the loss of Baby Lincoln was devastating. As a new mom, I can only imagine how difficult this time must be. Sending my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the entire Garman family.

  • ang

    I’m heartbroken to hear the news…my prayers go out Ralph, Kari and Olivia :(

  • Tammy

    Ralph you have given us so much joy over the years. My own kids are late for school some mornings because we are all laughing so hard at the “showbiz beat” and other antics. Thank you so much.
    Our hearts and prayers are with you and you and your family.

  • Rima

    So very sorry for Ralph and Kari’s loss but happy for their gain, as well. Ralph brings us, the listeners, so much joy everyday it kills me to hear about him and his family having to endure so much pain. I, as well as every other listener I’m sure, will be thinking about and praying for Ralph and the rest of family.

  • Jessica

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My husband and I had a son two months early ourselves, and know how hard it is to have a baby in the NICU. A year from now, you won’t believe how things will have changed. Stay strong for the baby. Best wishes Ralph to your family.

  • Debra

    Ralph, you have made me laugh so hard, it brought tears to my eyes. On 9/11 you were there for us, while we all cried together. Right now in your sorrow, we are all praying for you and a

  • Ron

    Ralph..there are so many of us that are praying and thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Much love to all of you.

  • Rohde

    As a new father myself…there are no words. None at all. Sorry for your loss…

  • Doris

    Ralph and Kari ~ I am so so sad to hear the news about your son. As a parent, this is a situation no one should have to bare. My heart goes out to you both and hope your healing will be made easier knowing you have tons and tons of fans who care about you and would do anything to help you both through this. So sorry again !

  • dan from dc

    My deepest condolences to Ralph and Kari. Praying for both of you and Olivia. Take all the time you need Ralph, you are worth the wait! Cant wait to hear you on the radio again. God Bless.

  • avf22

    …my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…I am so sorry.

  • Susan

    Ralph & Kari
    I am so sorry for your loss. You guys and Olivia are in my prayers.

  • Mark Rothman

    I’m amazed how much KROQ and the strangers on a radio program became part of my life. I’m old for a KROQ listener – 47. I started listening when KROQ was an upstart station broadcasting new wave music and static from Pasadena. In college I had my sister record a few hours of the show so I could listen. Then when my first son was born, Drew’s triplets were born around the same time and I felt the pain of the difficulties they had coming into the world.

    Now I share your pain and sadness Ralph and Kari at the loss of Lincoln. May you be comforted amongst all the mourners. I can remember when Ralph first premiered, doing movie reviews of movies he hadn’t seen. (I loved that.) Since then Ralph has become part of my routine every morning. I can hardly wait until you’re back, not so much because of what it will mean for me, but because it will mean Ralph mustered enough strength to take a step forward after this horrible tragedy. I also suspect you are dealing with the health challenges Olivia faces as a premie, and I wish both Ralph and Kari much strength so you can be the best parents you can be for her.

  • Kimberly

    I listen to kroq every morning. Very sad time for Ralph and his wife. My daughter Emma was born two months prematurely in February 2002. She was in the NICU for quite some time. I know the anxiety and the fear that you are feeling daily and you are both in my thoughts.

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  • Lorena

    Ralph, I have loved you and your comedy ever since you came on the air 11 years ago. I have since moved to another state and to hear this news today just breaks my heart. I feel like this tragedy has happened to one of my family members.

    My sincerest condolences to you, Kari and family.

  • KBShowfan

    My prayers are with you and your family. My husband and I have been listening to the Kevin and Bean show for years and truly feel as though you are all like close friends. May God be with you in this time of grief and watch over your little Olivia . God Bless

  • Yvonne

    My heartfelt and deepest condolences to Ralph and his family.

  • JRS

    My deepest condolences to Ralph and his family. I’m sorry to hear about this, but please remember that the K&B (and RG) nation stands by behind you always.

  • irma

    I just heard the news today and begant to cry instantly. My sincerest condolences. I have a daughter and son and couldn’t imagine what you and your wife are going through. We miss you on air.

  • irma

    I just heard the news today. I have a young son and daughter and I can’t imagine what you are going through. We miss you on air.

  • Annette

    Ralph and Family,
    Find peace in knowing your son Lincoln will live in your hearts always. His memories will once again bring a smile back to your faces. God bless you in your time of need.

  • Gina

    I couldn’t even imagine…..I’m so terribly sorry for your loss.

  • sandy

    Ralph & Kari… There are no words that can heal your wounds… My family went thru this same thing last year. My heart goes out to you… May Olivia get stronger each and every day.. and Lincoln will always be in our prayers.

  • gesin family

    ralph…thank you for making me laugh every morning on my way to work. please know that you are in the thoughts of every parent and fan of the kevin and bean family.

  • Megan

    Ralph and family,
    I have no words to say to express how sorry I am for your loss. I am praying for you.

  • Brian Y

    My favorite part of the K&B show is Ralph’s various segments on the show, so it saddens me very much to hear of your loss. Take care and all the best to you and your family.

  • weston

    I am sorrry for your lost Ralph and kari I hope and pray that your daughter good will and my condolences

  • Karen

    Donation Done. I am so sorry Ralph and Kari are going throught his most difficult of times which is suppsed to be the most beautiful of times. Isn’t it silly to donate and write a sympathy note to a “radio” personality? As you say, I feel like I know you all and care about you and your families. Peace be with you all.

  • Blanca

    I have been a loyal fan of the Kevin & Bean show for over 15yrs. I was very sadden to hear of Ralph’s and Kari’s loss. My sincerest condolences but wishing you all the hope and faith to help you get through this difficult time.

    • Jane

      I lost a son, one day old, in 1971, the pain never goes away, but does subside…my consolences to you and your wife. I’m so, so sorry you have go through this enormous heartache. Thx for making my commute into LA so much fun……that’s all I know of you, but right now I feel I’m right next to you……

  • Dana Q

    As many of the other faithful listeners have said you have become like family and I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Nothing can be worse than what you are going through right now. I know that Olivia feels the love that you both have and she will fill your lives with so much happiness. Bless you both. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Odily

    Ralpf and Kerry: I can’t imagine your pain! I am a mom and just the thought os loosing my daughther makes me crazy, I been 1 (626) 339-8947listening to you for so many years that I feel part of your family. I am very sad for the lose of your little baby son, my heart aches for you and your wife. I am praying for little Olivia, I hope she is getting better and stronger! I miss you a lot every morning but please come back to us when you feel strong to be with all your listeners! We love you Ralph, we are sad with you… Be strong for your wife and little Olivia. Love you man..

  • Barbara Irwin

    Love and condolences to Ralph, Kari and their familes for this unbelievable loss. Your little angel Lincoln will be forever in our hearts. Love and best wishes for little Olivia to be stronger every day. She will be the light in the darkness of this sad time.

  • Scott

    Deepest condolences to Ralph and Kari

  • Narine

    wow, I had no idea. I am so sorry.

  • Stevo

    I used to wonder why God does the things that he does. I put my trust in the lord that he does things for a greater reason than any human can understand. I take comfort in the fact that committing my life to him WILL allow me to see and be with my loved ones for eternity. Ralph-your son is in good hands! My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God bless.

  • nicole G

    Find comfort in knowing your daughter has a guardian angle brother in heaven.

  • Tony

    My sincerest condolences. I know how you feel, my wife and I went thru the same thing when we lost our twin boys. My thoughts and prayers with you and your family. Much love.

  • Marilyn Carlos

    My sympathy and prayers to Ralph and his family.

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