According to multiple sources, radio and TV personality Kidd Kraddick has died. Kraddick was 53.
On Saturday, Kidd Kraddick passed away at a fundraising event for his Kidd’s Kids charity organization at Timberlane County Club in Gretna, Louisiana. According to the site JustJared.com, Kraddick died “due to a reported brain aneurysm.”
Kraddick, according to local law enforcement officials, was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans on Saturday.
He had been a staple of North Texas radio since 1984. Kidd Kraddick broadcast his nationally syndicated “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” radio show from a studio at Las Colinas. The show aired locally on KISS-FM 106.1.
A statement from Clear Channel Dallas said late Saturday night:
All of us at KISS-FM, Clear Channel Dallas, YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader. He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him.”
The cause of Kraddick’s death has not been released. According to Clear Channel, that information will be made available “at the appropriate time.”
A brief statement has been issued from Kraddick’s family asking that their privacy be respected in their mourning period.
The radio station KISS-FM altered its usual format late Saturday to celebrate Kraddick’s life by playing music and taking calls from listeners.
One caller said emotionally:
I can’t believe this is actually happening. He’s a part of everybody’s family; he makes people laugh.”
Kraddick, ironically, did a radio segment just last week on “what he would say to each member of the show in his final moments on earth” as a comedy bit.
During the comedy bit, Karddick said to his radio crew:
Have you ever thought about those last moments of your life? Nobody wants a long, lingering illness; nobody wants just that; but it would be nice if you could have a day or two where you know it’s coming.”
He then spent several minutes saying goodbye to each member of his on-air staff.
When I die, you have permission to take a bunch of creepy pictures of my body,” Kraddick said. “I want to thank all of you guys for being at my deathbed today. I’m going to miss you so much.”
Kraddick’s final message posted on his official Twitter account was a promotion for his Kidd’s Kids charity concert at the House of Blues on August 15. The proceeds from this charity concert will be used to send children with chronic or terminal ilnesses to Disney World.
The news of Kraddick’s death was greeted with disbelief on social media.
One of the celebrities who offered his condolences was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban:
You were an amazing man and a friend,” he wrote. “You are already missed.”
His regualr fans were stunned and saddened as well. Jackie Small Brown wrote on Facebook:
I have listened to Kidd for the last 25 years. Morning radio will never be the same again.”
Holli Younger on Twitter wrote:
Seems like I’ve just lost a friend.”
Another fan, Tucker McLendon, tweeted:
I think Monday all radio stations should have a moment of silence for Kidd.”
Kidd Kraddick, at the time of his death, was divorced. He has one daughter. Kraddick won a number of awards, including the Marconi Award for radio personality of the year in 2006.
Written by: Douglas Cobb
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