David “Kidd” Kraddick, the Dallas-Fort Worth radio personality who was revered nationwide, died on July 27 in New Orleans during a charity golf tournament. He was 53.
Kraddick made his radio debut in 1984 on 97.1 KEGL-FM (The Eagle). He gained popularity when he moved to Top 40 station 106.1 KISS FM and as his morning show, “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning,” was syndicated through more than 75 stations and 100 cities nationwide. In the days leading up to the New Orleans golf tournament, hosted by his own charity Kidd’s Kids, Kraddick announced that this same charity was hosting a concert headlined by the Jonas Brothers.
The cause of death has yet to be reported, according to a statement. However, because of Kraddick’s high-octane personality and reputation, pop stars and personalities ranging from One Direction‘s Harry Styles to Kelly Clarkson and Ryan Seacrest quickly took to Twitter to post their condolences. See just a few responses from the outpouring of support after the jump.
Just heard the worst news that @KiddKraddick past away… I used to listen to his morning show every morning on the way to school…
— Austin Mahone (@AustinMahone) July 28, 2013
Just saw that Kidd Kraddick died. Stunned. RIP Kidd. We had so much fun with him in Jan. Honored to have met him and spent time with him. :( — Cimorelli (@Cimorelliband) July 28, 2013
Completely speechless. Rest in peace Kidd. — Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 28, 2013
R.I.P Kidd Kraddick you were a truly nice man, and I appreciate your kind words and support, very sad to hear… http://t.co/fsMHItFt3j
— Jay Pharoah (@JayPharoah) July 28, 2013
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 (@Harry_Styles) July 28, 2013
The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly. — joe jonas (@joejonas) July 28, 2013
So sad hearing about my radio brother Kid Kraddick. One of a kind and one of the best at what he did every morning. U will be missed Kidd — Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) July 28, 2013
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 (@kelly_clarkson) July 28, 2013
— Mark Schnyder (@MSchnyderNBC5) July 28, 2013
[via The Dallas Morning News]