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Autopsy: Kraddick had enlarged heartJuly 29, 2013
Stars react to Kraddick's death
(CNN) -- Syndicated morning radio personality David "Kidd" Kraddick was beloved by his everyday listeners and famous interview subjects alike.
The popular DJ passed away at the age of 53 on Saturday, while attending a golf tournament in New Orleans. He was there raising money for his Kidd's Kids charity, and the cause of his death is still unknown.
In the wake of his passing, several stars from around the globe have voiced their sadness at losing bright presence in the industry:
Demi Lovato: #RIPKiddKraddick.. 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 ... Also, praying for Kidd's family and friends.. Was a pleasure knowing you for so many years.. #WeLoveYouKidd"
Bon Jovi: "@KiddKraddick was always there for u when u needed him. He left this world helping others. 1 of the good guys is gone too soon."
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."
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."
Paramore: "Very sad to hear about Kidd Kraddick. One of the absolute best. Grateful we got to visit his show a couple times and hang. Rest in peace."
Nick Lachey: "Just heard the news about the passing of Kid Kraddick.....so sad. He was truly one of the good guys in radio, a class act! #RIP"
Nick Jonas: "Really hope this is not true about Kidd Kraddick. You will be missed."
Kevin Jonas: "Just heard about Kid Kraddick so sad he was a great man and did so much for people. You will be missed. So sad"
Joe Jonas: "The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly."
Ryan Seacrest: "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"
Rainn Wilson: "RIP Kidd Kraddick He was a really fun/smart radio DJ"
Jay Pharoah: "This is a total shocker to me I just met the man, and was one of the few comedic personalities he allowed on his show, R.I.P Kidd Kraddick"
Gavin DeGraw: "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."
Backstreet Boys: "Our thoughts & prayers go out to Kidd Kraddick, his friends, & family. He Made huge contributions to the industry & his legend will live on!"
Khloé Kardashian Odom: "I just heard about Kidd Kraddrick! such sad news! He was an awesome man and friend. So sad"
Kraddick's management has said in a statement that "at the appropriate time, we will release more information about the cause of death. He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him."
JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A preliminary autopsy found that David "Kidd" Kraddick, the popular host of syndicated radio and TV shows, had an enlarged heart and blocked arteries that probably led to an irregular heartbeat, a Louisiana coroner's office said Monday.
Kraddick, 53, became ill during his Kidd's Kids charity golf tournament Saturday outside New Orleans, then collapsed while being driven to an emergency room, said Dr. Granville Morse, a deputy coroner in the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office. The tournament at Timberlane Country Club raised money to send chronically ill and physically challenged children to Disney World.
Doctors at the nearby Ochsner (OX-ner) Medical Center campus — a five-minute drive from Timberlane — "did really just a heroic effort to resuscitate him," Morse said. "They really pulled out the stops. Unfortunately, they couldn't get him back."
He said the autopsy is not final because toxicology tests are not back, but Kraddick's heart was enlarged by cardiac disease, and three coronary arteries ranged from 40 to 80 percent blocked. Those conditions can lead to an irregular heartbeat and collapse, Mores said.
"We can't prove that (happened) because he didn't have a cardiac monitor on when he collapsed," Morse said.
Kraddick's program, "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning," was based in Dallas and syndicated by YEA Networks to more than 75 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations nationwide, according to publicist Ladd Biro. He said the radio program also is transmitted globally on American Forces Radio Network, and its cast also is seen weeknights on the nationally syndicated TV show "Dish Nation."