Kidd Kraddick Dies; Radio & TV Host Was 53

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Kidd Kraddick, a radio and TV host heard on dozens of stations nationwide, has died. The "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" personality was just 53.

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The Texas-based personality (real name David Kraddick) died at his Kidd's Kids charity function in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna on Saturday.

Publicist Ladd Biro confirmed the news in a network statement.

"He died doing what he loved," said Biro, of the PR firm Champion Management, early Sunday, declining to offer any further details on the death.

"Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" is heard on more than 75 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations and is a leader among the most-listened-to programs.

The show also is transmitted globally on American Forces Radio Network.

"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," his employer's statement said.

"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."

"He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him," it added.