IRVING (CBS 11 NEWS) – Morning radio will not be the same without the voice of Kidd Kraddick, but dozens showed up outside the 106.1 studios in Las Colinas to watch his co-hosts pay tribute to the radio legend.
Kraddick died suddenly while attending a golf tournament in New Orleans on Saturday afternoon. The event raised money for Kidd’s Kids, which helps seriously ill children. Preliminary autopsy results show Kraddick died of an enlarged heart and heart disease, with three of his four main arteries partially blocked.
As his co-hosts returned to the airwaves Monday morning, they wiped away tears and shared memories of Kraddick with his fans.
“I love him, and I did not say love in the past tense,” said sidekick Kellie Rasberry, “I love him. I’m really just heartbroken.”
There were many light hearted moments during the broadcast, as his former colleagues said Kraddick would have wanted it that way.
“We fought like a married couple, and just like a real married couple we did not have sex,” said Rasberry through laughter.
“I try and be a better father because of him. I try and be a better human being because of him,” said co-host Big Al. “Now when I look at people with disabilities, I look at them. I don’t look away.”
Co-host Jenna Owens was with Kraddick on the golf range just moments before he was rushed to the hospital.
“I looked at him and he said ‘Great shot!’ and gave me a big with thumbs up –and they ended up being the last words he ever said to me.”
Rasberry told fans she asked the doctors about Kraddick’s last moments, “The first thing I wanted to know, what I asked was “Did he suffer? Was he afraid?’ And the doctor said ‘No.’”
“The Best of Kidd Kraddick” will air in place of live programming for the rest of the week, as Kraddick’s co-hosts take some time off to grieve his death.
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