Kidd Kraddick Passes Away At Age 53
July 27, 2013


Kidd Kraddick

Nationally syndicated morning host David "Kidd" Kraddick passed away Saturday (7/27) suddenly. (edit: at the time, it was reported the cause of death was a of a brain aneurysm.) Kraddick's home station of KHKS (106.1 Kiss FM)/Dallas confirmed reports of his passing, with Billy The Kidd breaking into programming on-air to make the announcement. Kraddick was 53 years old.

Kraddick had been in New Orleans at the time, hosting a charity event for his "Kidd's Kids" charity. On Friday, Kraddick just announced that the Jonas Brothers would be headlining an upcoming Dallas benefit concert for "Kidd's Kids."

An official statement from Kraddick's YEA Networks reads, "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."

FMQB VP/Managing Director Bob Burke says, "Kidd Kraddick was not only one of radio's great radio personalities. He was a great person who genuinely cared about people and connected with millions of radio listeners from coast to coast every morning. The radio world has truly lost a radio legend!"

Tributes to Kraddick have been pouring in on Twitter. Clear Channel's own iHeartRadio account wrote, "We are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of on air talent Kidd Kraddick." Warner Bros. offered its condolences via its @WarnerBrosPromo account, tweeting, "RIP Kidd Kraddick. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kidd's family." Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wrote, "RIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed."

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." Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora wrote, "My deepest smypathy going out tonite to the friends and family of my friend and legend Kidd Kraddick...a great guy and supporter... Sad." Joe Jonas tweeted, "The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly."

Kraddick worked at a number of stations early in his career before arriving in Dallas in 1984, starting in nights at CHR KEGL (The Eagle). After the station flipped formats in 1992, he ended up at crosstown CHR KHKS in mornings, and spent the last two decades on Kiss FM. The show went national in 2001 and has been syndicated via his own YEA Networks.

FMQB sends its condolences to Kraddick's family and friends.




 
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