Popular syndicated radio host David "Kidd" Kraddick, whose show airs locally on B-97, died Saturday in New Orleans, where he hosted a charity golf tournament. He was 53.
Just after 11:30 p.m., a radio host on B-97 confirmed on air that Kraddick was taken to a local hospital on Saturday just after 1 p.m. and died. Kraddick's charity golf tournament was being held at Timberlane Country Club in Gretna.
The radio station posted a memorial on its website.
In a statement obtained by DallasNews.com, management also confirmed his 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 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."
The staple of FM radio since 1984, he broadcast his nationally syndicated "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" radio show from a studio at Las Colinas, Texas.
His cause of his death was not available.
In a bitterly ironic twist, Kraddick did a radio segment just last week on "what he would say to each member of the show in his final moments on earth" as a comedy bit.
"Have you ever thought about those last moments of your life?" he asked his radio crew. "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."
He then spent several minutes saying goodbye to each member of his on-air staff.
"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."
The final tweet posted on his official Twitter account was a promotion for his "Kidd's Kids" charity concert at the House of Blues on August 15. The proceeds will be used to send children with chronic or terminal ilnesses to Disney World.
The news of Kraddick's death was greeted with disbelief on social media.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered his condolences: "You were an amazing man and a friend," he wrote. "You are already missed."
Regular fans were saddened as well. "I have listened to Kidd for the last 25 years," wrote Jackie Small Brown on Facebook. "Morning radio will never be the same again."
Kraddick was divorced and has one daughter. He won a number of awards, including the Marconi Award for radio personality of the year in 2006.