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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Radio fans were shocked more than a week ago when local and syndicated radio show host Kidd Kraddick died. After a private funeral on August 2, it was announced today that a memorial for the public will be held next week.

The “Tribute to Kidd” event will be to celebrate the life of Kidd, who died in New Orleans will taking part in a golf tournament benefitting his Kidd’s Kids charity.  Autopsy results determined the 53-year-old Kraddick died of natural causes, an enlarged heart caused by cardiac disease.

This may be the last photo taken of popular radio host Kidd Kraddick before he passed away in New Orleans. (credit: B97 WEZB New Orleans)

This may be the last photo taken of popular radio host Kidd Kraddick before he passed away in New Orleans. (credit: B97 WEZB New Orleans)

The upcoming memorial, which will be free and open to the public, will be held on the AT&T Plaza outside of the American Airlines Center on August 15. Video of the event will also be streamed online on KiddTV.com.

Those expected to attend the memorial include several of Kidd’s closest friends and family, local North Texas dignitaries and Kidd’s favorite musician, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, will perform.

In addition to remembering the radio legend, the event will celebrate the Kidd’s Kids Charity that Kraddick founded. The non-profit works to improve the lives of chronically ill and/or physically challenged children. Each year, some of those children are taken on an all-expenses paid, vacation to Walt Disney World ® in Florida.

In a press release statement Kidd’s daughter, Caroline Cradick, said, “Thursday is going to be a beautiful day of remembrance doing two things my dad loved: listening to great music and supporting Kidd’s Kids. This charity meant so much to him and it is such an honor to carry on his legacy.”

The first-ever Kidd’s Kids concert, featuring the Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo and Fort Worth resident and singer Tim Halperin, had been scheduled for months and will take place after the memorial, at the Dallas House of Blues.

Kidd Kraddick, center, poses with his staffers at a charity golf tournament in New Orleans on July 27, 2013 shortly before he passed away. (credit: B97 WEZB New Orleans)

Kidd Kraddick, center, poses with his staffers at a charity golf tournament in New Orleans on July 27, 2013 shortly before he passed away. (credit: B97 WEZB New Orleans)

Just this week the on-air team of “Kidd Kraddick In the Morning” returned the airwaves. Saying that the name of the show would remain the same, Kellie Rasberry, Big Al Mack, J-Si Chavez and Jenna Owens are co-hosting the show. After Kraddick’s death, tens of thousands of people signed an online petition to keep the show on the air.

The “Tribute to Kidd” happens Thursday, August 15th at 5:30 p.m.

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