David “Kidd” Kraddick, the radio and TV host of the “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” show has died. He was 53 years old. The official cause of death has not been released. However, reports say he probably died from a brain aneurysm.
According to reports, Kraddick died Saturday at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his “Kidd’s Kids charity” function in Gretna, a New Orleans suburb. His publicist Ladd Biro of the public relations firm Champion Management, said Kraddick died while engaged in doing what he loved best.
“He died doing what he loved,” Ladd told reporters Sunday.
Kraddick’s program was syndicated by YEA Networks.
His radio station released a statement saying,
“All of us with YEA Networks and the ‘Kidd Kraddick in the Morning’ crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader. Kidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children.”
According to Biro, the “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” show is in heard several radio stations in the country. The radio program is also transmitted worldwide on American Forces Radio Network, according to reports.
The network statement said the cause of death would be released “at the appropriate time.”
As news of his death spread quickly, fans and celebrities expressed grief and sadness over his loss over the social media.
“RIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in his tweet.
Singer Kelly Clarkson tweeted “Oh Man, I just heard Kidd Kraddick died! He’s my childhood dj. What a sad day. His poor family. He was always nice 2 me from the beginning.”
Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, said “The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly.”
According to reports, Richie Tomblin of Timberland Country Club in Gretna recounted that Kraddick did not look well on Saturday when Tomblin saw him.
“He came out and he borrowed my golf clubs and went out to the driving range,” Tomblin told reporters. “It’s kind of a freaky situation. He came out. He practiced a little bit. He hit the ball at the first tee and wasn’t feeling good and after that I didn’t see him.”
Tomblin told reporters the hundreds of amateur golfers at the event kept playing unaware of the tragedy. Tomblin reportedly said he still feels shaken.
“I’m still trying to figure it out. I really don’t know what happened. Everyone keeps texting me asking, ‘What’s going on?’ I really don’t know.”
Tomblin added he was loath to even touch the set of clubs Kraddick had borrowed Saturday for his practice swings.
According to The Dallas Morning News Kraddick had been a mainstay in the Dallas market since 1984. He debuted as a late night show. In the early 1990’s his show moved into the morning slot and began to get wider acclaim.
By Perviz Walji