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Radio DJ Death Sparks Heart Health Conversation

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Only two days after radio host Kidd Kraddick’s death, many people are talking about the disease that caused him to pass away. And for one of his fans, Kraddick’s death was heartfelt — literally.

Chuck Bottoms, a teacher from Wylie, suffered a heart attack on Saturday around the same time Kraddick likely died of one, according to a coroner. But Bottoms made it to Baylor Hospital within 30 minutes of experiencing symptoms.

“Unfortunately that’s the difference between me being here and him not is ignoring those symptoms,” Bottoms told CBS 11 from his hospital bed. The 45-year-old said he thought he was too young to have heart disease. Bottoms was also unaware that smoking accelerates the disease. “I was a smoker and that’s 100 percent of the reason this has happened to me,” said Bottoms.

Longtime Kidd Kraddick fan Chuck Bottoms had a heart attack on the same day as the popular radio host. (Credit: Bottoms family)

Longtime Kidd Kraddick fan Chuck Bottoms had a heart attack on the same day as the popular radio host. (Credit: Bottoms family)

Kraddick, 53, was a longtime smoker.

A cardiologist at Baylor’s Heart and Vascular Hospital said he hopes Kraddick’s death will raise awareness about the dangers of smoking.

“I find it a little ironic and sad that one of the things he didn’t let people know he was smoking because he really didn’t want that message given to the kids he was so fond of so maybe his message going forward to the kids can be smoking is a terrible thing to do to yourself,” according to Dr. Jeff Schussler of Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital.

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