The radio personality known as Kidd Kraddick has died aged 53 suddenly at a charity event. We look back on the likeable presenter's career.
Radio and TV host David 'Kidd' Kraddick has died aged 53 from a reported brain aneurysm whilst at a New Orleans charity golf event, as reported by the LA Times. In tragic, untimely news, the host who many will know as the energetic "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" host passed away In a statement issued by YEA Networks upon learning of Kraddick's death, it was said: "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."
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Although current speculation cites a brain aneurysm as the key cause of the father-of-one's death, his publicist Ladd Biro has stated that the cause of his death will be disclosed "at the appropriate time" whilst reassuring saddened fans: "He died doing what he loved. His final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him."
#RIPKiddKraddick.. Grew up with you always on my radio.. Had the pleasure of meeting you back when I was 9 at a showcase where even way back— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) July 28, 2013
Despite little being known so far of Kraddick's medical history or cause of his sudden and shocking death, celebrities across the world who'd encountered the usually cheerful host have tweeted to convey their reactions. Demi Lovato, Harry Styles and Paramore are just a small handful of the many performers and friends within the industry who have confessed their anguish whilst publicising Kraddick's death.
Absolutely devastated to hear about the sad passing of Kidd Kraddick. He was always so nice and will be incredibly missed. Lovely man. RIP.— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) July 28, 2013
Though his radio show was based in Texas, Ohio-born Kraddick grew up in Florida where he worked his way up to become a radio DJ, emcee-ing in comedy clubs to hone his quick wit and warm presenting style.
The catchy nickname "Kidd" came from a radio producer and stuck; a name he'd maintain throughout his career. Upon moving to Dallas in 1984, Kidd became presenter of a night shift on top-40 station KEGL, garnering the young host new fans. In 1998 he won the prestigious Marconi Award for Major Market Radio Personality of the Year for his work on KHKS-106.1 "Kiss-FM" Kidd Kraddick in the Morning - the host's early show - was nationally syndicated and broadcast to American Forces.
Very sad to hear about Kidd Kraddick. One of the absolute best. Grateful we got to visit his show a couple times and hang. Rest in peace.— paramore (@paramore) July 28, 2013
The Texas Hall of Fame member will be truly missed by fans and those who knew him personally.