NEW ORLEANS (July 29, 2013)--Popular Texas radio and TV host David "Kidd" Kraddick, 53, had an enlarged heart, blocked arteries, and probably developed an irregular heartbeat, Dr. Granville Morse, a deputy coroner in the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office, said Monday.
Kraddick collapsed while he was being driven to an emergency room after he became ill during his charity's golf tournament on Saturday in a New Orleans suburb, Morse said.
Doctors at a nearby Ochsner Medical Center campus attempted unsuccessfully to revive Kraddick, Morse said.
Morse said the autopsy is not final because toxicology tests are not back, but said Kraddick's heart was enlarged by cardiac disease, and three coronary arteries were 40 to 80 percent blocked.
Morse says those can lead to an irregular heartbeat and collapse.
Kraddick had been a fixture in the Dallas market since his debut in 1984 on “The Eagle” KEGL-FM, but he rose to prominence after moving to Kiss-FM and began a morning show that by 2001 was syndicated.
The "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show was syndicated by YEA Networks and was heard on more than 75 radio stations.
The show's cast is appeared weeknights on nationally syndicated TV show "Dish Nation."
YeaNetworks said in a statement that the show's crew was "heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader."
The website of Kraddick's flagship station KHKS, known as KISS-FM, continued to feature a tribute to the longtime personality Monday.
Fans left online comments such as "morning drive to work in the Dallas traffic will not be the same without your voice."
Another fan wrote "he will be missed."
A number of celebrities also left messages on the site.