David “Kidd” Kraddick the host of the syndicated morning radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, has apparently died of a brain aneurysm while doing charity work in New Orleans Saturday.
He was 53.
Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks, reportedly announced it on his twitter account Saturday saying;
RIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed.
As the news spread many were wondering if it was a rumor or was true.
Sadly, it seems that it true as Fox 4 reporter Lynn Kawano tweeted this;
Lynn Kawano @LynnKawanoFox4
Producer for the @KiddKraddick show tells me a statement will be made shortly confirming @mcuban tweet, “RIP Kid”. Sad day in North Texas
Fox 4 News also posted the sad news and posted the official statement they received;
“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.
Kidd passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd’s Kids charity. He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him.
We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and his colleagues. At the appropriate time, we will release more information about the cause of death.”
Kidd’s show was on weekday mornings from 6-10 and was aired on 75 markets.
He is known for doing different voices for characters on his show along with his fellow cast members of the show big Al Mack and Kelly Rasberry.
He started a children’s charity, The Kraddick Foundation that he dedicated to help impactthe lives of terminally or chronically ill children.
Part of that charity was “Kidd’s Kidds which took kids and their families to Disney World every year.
Every year listeners of his show would donate money to the charity on “Kidd’s Kidds Day to help fund all that he did for the kids.
On one of his final broadcasts on the air he did a segment where he offered “what he would say to each member of the show in his final moments on earth”
Some of what he said;
“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.”
“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.”
Kidd was a great guy, talented and had a heart of gold according to friends. He will be missed.
Kidd has one daughter from his previous marriage.
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