Kidd Kraddick dies at his charity golf event

kidd-kraddick-dies-53.pngKidd Kraddick (real name David Cradick), host of "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" radio show, died at a charity golf event in Louisiana Saturday (July 27) at the age of 53.

His network says in a statement:

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

The statement adds that a cause of death will be released at an appropriate time.

Kraddick leaves behind a daughter, Caroline, from a previous marriage. It would also seem, according to Dr. Phil's tweet about his passing, that Kraddick had recently become engaged, though we cannot confirm that information at this time.

Celebrities have been quick to express their dismay over the news on Twitter:

"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

"The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly." -- Joe Jonas

"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

"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." -- Gavin DeGraw

"R.I.P Kidd Kraddick you were a truly nice man, and I appreciate your kind words and support, very sad to hear" -- Jay Pharaoh

"Broken hearted, my dear friend @kiddkraddick has tragically died.Great father,great man.Just together,so happy, excited abt his engagement." -- Dr. Phil

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RIP Kidd Kraddick He was a really fun/smart radio DJ" -- Rainn Wilson

"I just heard about Kidd Kraddrick! such sad news! He was an awesome man and friend. So sad :(" -- Khloe Kardashian
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