The untimely death of radio and TV host David “Kidd” Kraddick resulted in an outpouring from not only longtime listeners of his nationally syndicated radio show “Kidd Kraddick In The Morning,” but also the many famous faces to pass through his Texas studio over his decade-long run on air.
According to a report from People magazine, Kraddick passed away during a children's charity event in New Orleans Saturday at the age of 53. “He died doing what he loved,” said a rep for the host, confirming Kraddick was in town attending a Kidd’s Kids charity function for terminally ill children. “His final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him."
The network, which Kraddick joined in 2001, released a statement Monday stating the host’s cause of death will be released at a later date and praised the longtime entertainer for his work. “Our hearts are very heavy at the loss of Kidd Kraddick, and words are very difficult for us to come up with at this time,” the radio station announced Monday morning during a special remembrance episode. Fellow host J-Si gave a tearful tribute to his co-star, revealing his apsirations to one day become like Kraddick.
“I decided that this morning, you know what, I’m just going to come to work at the same time I come to work and I’m going to sit down in my chair and do the same thing I do every Monday. I’m going to look at the stories even though were not going to talk about them just because I wanted a little bit of normalcy. Then 6 o’clock hit and that’s when it set in,” said an audibly choked-up J-Si. “Kidd’s not here.”
Big names including everyone from members of the Jonas Brothers, to Texas native and singer Demi Lovato, to Ryan Seacrest, shared their thoughts on Kraddick's death Monday.
â€” Demi Lovato News (@itsohsodemi) July 28, 2013
So sad hearing about my radio brother Kid Kraddick. One of a kind and one of the best at what he did every morning. U will be missed Kidd
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) 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 He was a really fun/smart radio DJ
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) July 28, 2013
Just heard the news about Kidd Kraddick. I'm crushed. My prayers go out to his family & all who knew and loved him. Great human being.
— GavinDeGraw (@GavinDeGraw) July 28, 2013
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
The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly.
— joe jonas (@joejonas) July 28, 2013