The music world is mourning the loss of beloved radio and TV host David “Kidd” Kraddick, who died suddenly at a charity event on Saturday in New Orleans. He was 53.
Kraddick, the longtime Texas-based host of “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning,” which airs on more than 100 markets across the nation, was in town for his Kidd’s Kids charity function.
“He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that mean the world to him,” his network and radio family said in a statement posted to Kraddick’s Facebook page.
Some of music and Hollywood’s biggest names have posted their condolences on Twitter:
Niall Horan: Wow ! Literally can’t believe it! Soo sad! We only seen him like 5 days ago in Dallas! Very sad! #RIPKiddKraddick
Harry Styles: Absolutely devastated to hear about the sad passing of Kidd Kraddick. He was always so nice and will be incredibly missed. Lovely man. RIP… My love and thoughts og out to his friends and family. Very very sad news.
Joe Jonas: The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly.
Rainn Wilson: RIP Kidd Kraddick He was a really fun/smart radio DJ
Jay Pharoah: R.I.P. Kidd Kraddick you were a truly nice man, and I appreciate your kind words and support, very sad to hear…
Khloe Kardashian: I just heard about Kidd Kraddick! such sad news! He was an awesome man and friend. So sad 😦
Demi Lovato: #RIPKiddKraddic.. Grew up with you always on my radio.. Had the pleasure of meeting you back when I was 9 at a showcase where even way back then, you believed in my talent. Dallas, TX lost a hero tonight and my heart is broken for the KISS FM family. You’re already missed Kidd..
Austin Mahone: Just heard the worst news that @KiddKraddick past [sic] away… I used to listen to his morning show every morning on the way to school…
Kelly Clarkson: 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.
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