Billboards quickly went up in Dallas to honor Kidd Kraddick.

Billboards quickly went up in Dallas to honor Kidd Kraddick.

Celebrities and fans of David “Kidd” Kraddick, host of the Dallas-based highly rated “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” Top 40 and Hot AC syndicated radio show, were grief stricken to learn about his passing this weekend at a charity golf event near New Orleans. While at the event, a fundraiser for his Kidd’s Kids charity to benefit children with terminal cancer, Kraddick became ill. The show went on Monday with co-hosts Kellie Rasberry Big Al Mack, Jose “J-Si” Chavez and Jenna Owens. Big Al, the only African-American on his morning team, left his limo business to join the show. Big Al said normally around 3:40 a.m. is the time when he would be waking up going to work. He stated, “I have never felt so empty. We will be on the air today, briefly, at 7 a. m. Personally, I have no idea what I will say. Kidd, we miss you.”

The program is broadcast on Dallas’ “Kiss FM” KHKS-FM (106.1) and more than 75 stations nationally. It is also broadcast on the television show Dish Nation. Based on preliminary autopsy, Jefferson Parish Deputy Coroner Dr. Granville Morse revealed Kraddick died of cardiac disease.”His heart was enlarged,” Morse told The Dallas Morning News. “You have several vessels, and three were diseased — the worst of which was 80 percent blocked. That combination, an enlarged heart and cardiac disease, when someone dies like this it’s usually dysrhythmia,” which leads to an irregular heartbeat. In layman’s terms Morse said,” Your heart goes into a non-perfusable rhythm,” as if you turned off the faucet for the blood to go back to the brain. It not only doesn’t get to the brain, but it doesn’t get to the heart. Both stop working simultaneously.” Let’s all be safe and healthy. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. For more information on heart disease and getting your heart checked out go to www.heart.org.

Big Al Mack--co-host Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

Big Al Mack–co-host Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

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