David “Kidd” Kraddick has died yesterday at a charity golf event near New Orleans at the age of 53, his management company said.
No cause of death has been officially unveiled. WWL-TV reported Kraddick died after being taken to a New Orleans-area hospital about 1 p.m on Saturday, reports CNN.
“At the appropriate time, we will release more information about the cause of death,” said Ladd Biro with Champion Management.
“He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him.”
According to its Facebook page, his show “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” was named the most listened-to morning show in the United States.
“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,” Clear Channel wrote in the news release.
“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.”
News of the radio host’s death spread quickly and with great sadness on social media networks.
“I feel like I have lost a family member…” Jessica Hall wrote on Facebook.
“Honestly, Kidd Kraddick would put me in a good mood before I went to school…” said Ben Bonatti on Twitter.
“Such sad news,”Annette Marie Flood wrote on Facebook. “My morning drives will never be the same. Prayers go out to both his family and his radio family. Kidd you will be missed by many.”
“RIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban 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,” singer Kelly Clarkson tweeted.
Richie Tomblin, the golf professional at the Timberlane Country Club in Gretna, revealed to reporters that Kraddick, who must have turned 54 soon, wasn’t looking well when getting ready for Saturday’s charity event.
“He came out and he borrowed my golf clubs and went out to the driving range,” Tomblin told the media. “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.”
The golfer went on, adding that hundreds of amateur golfers taking part went ahead with the event Saturday. Tomblin went on, saying he only found out afterward that Kraddick had died and he was still shaken about it.
“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,” said Tomblin.
Last week, the radio star did a humorous segment on what he’d say to his co-hosts in his “final moments on Earth.”
“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.”