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.
Doctors at the nearby Ochsner (OX-ner) Medical Center campus — a five-minute drive from the country club where the tournament was held — “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, Morse said.
“We can’t prove that (happened) because he didn’t have a cardiac monitor on when he collapsed,” Morse said.
More than 300 people attended the tournament, which raised at least $18,000 to send chronically ill and physically challenged children to Disney World, publicist Ladd Biro said Monday.
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, Biro said. 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.”