Autopsy: Kraddick had enlarged heart


by and The Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 2:35 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- As the nation continued to mourn the loss of David "Kidd" Kraddick, the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office said that the cause of his sudden death was cardiac related, pending a toxicology report.

The well known radio host died Saturday in Louisiana while hosting his beloved charity golf tournament for kids.

The coroner's office says the autopsy found that Kraddick had an "enlarged heart and blocked arteries, and probably developed an irregular heartbeat." Officials say Kraddick collapsed on the way to the emergency room after feeling ill.

An official says the autopsy is not final because toxicology tests are not back. But he says Kraddick's heart was enlarged by cardiac disease, and three coronary arteries were 40 to 80 percent blocked.

Kraddick touched thousands of lives each day with his radio show.

Locally his nationally-syndicated show aired on B97. On Monday morning, the best of the Kidd Kraddick show hit the airwaves.

The radio host was in the New Orleans area for an annual fundraiser for his foundation, Kidd's Kids. A tournament was held at Timberlane Golf Course on Saturday.

The organization raised thousands of dollars for children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Kraddick was scheduled to take the first swing at the charity golf tournament, organizers said. He went to the driving range to practice, and the next they knew, he was taken to the hospital.

He was 53 years old and died at Ochsner's West Bank campus.

Kraddick's colleagues at his Dallas network said they are heartbroken over the loss of their friend.

"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," a statement from his colleagues said.

Tournament organizers said they planned to hold an event in his honor in 2014.