NEW ORLEANS A publicist who worked with nationally syndicated radio and TV personality David "Kidd" Kraddick says Kraddick has died at a charity golf event in greater New Orleans. He was 53.
Ladd Biro of the public relations firm Champion Management told The Associated Press that Kraddick died Saturday at a tournament organized to raise money for his Kidd's Kids charity.
"He died doing what he loved," Biro says.
No cause of death was immediately given.
Biro says the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show is syndicated by YEA Networks and heard on more than 75 radio stations. The show's cast is seen weeknights on nationally syndicated TV show "Dish Nation."
YeaNetworks said in a statement that the show's crew is "heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader."
Official Statement on Kidd Kraddick's Death
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 Kidds 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.
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.— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) July 28, 2013
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
RIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed.— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 28, 2013
Tremendously sad to hear of the death of Kidd Kraddick. One of the of the first that showed me how amazing radio could be. He'll be missed.— Candy 95's Frito (@FritoOnCandy) July 28, 2013