David "Kidd" Kraddick, 53, passed away Saturday, after an apparent massive heart attack. Jefferson Parish deputy Coroner Granville Morse said on Monday that a preliminary autopsy report showed that Kraddick had an "enlarged heart," with blockage in three arteries, the worst being characterized as an 80% blockage.
Kraddick was in metro New Orleans for a charity golf tournament, benefiting his "Kidd's Kids" non-profit foundation.
"Kidd's Kids" annually sent dozens of chronically and terminally ill children to Walt Disney World - with their parents and siblings - for a long weekend away from their everyday stresses and worries. Three Myrtle Beach area children were selected as "Kidd's Kids," last year, enjoying the vacation.
The "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show is broadcast on nearly 100 stations throughout the country, including locally on WWXM-FM (Mix 97.7).
"Having attended conventions alongside Kidd, then working with him at two different stations, he'd become like an extended relative," said Mix 97.7 program director Ron Roberts. "I'm not nearly as close to him, nor is he as much a part of my 'everyday' as he is for his co-hosts, Kellie, Al, J-Si and Jenna, so I can't begin to imagine what they're going through, but we're sort of stunned and bewildered as to the show's future ourselves. We know that his charity, "Kidd's Kids," however, will definitely live on in some capacity."
One of the co-hosts of the show, Kellie Rasberry, is a native of Florence.
The remaining show cast members joined each other live at 8 a.m. to address show's listeners and take a few calls and share memories. Much that can be heard HERE. The show will be airing "best of" samples the remainder of the week.