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Kidd Kraddick Death Watch: Proceed With Caution, People

Kidd Kraddick Death Watch: Has The Popular Morning Show Guy Kicked The Bucket?

UPDATE: Kidd Kraddick has died. A previous report from The Inquisitr was written close to three hours after Mark Cuban’s tweet. At the time of publication, the only news and information that existed online was Cuban’s tweet and given the history of Twitter hacks we’ve seen this year, I, the writer of that piece, believed there was some possibility that could be what happened here.

In the original piece, I said “we’re not saying that the rumor isn’t true,” but to proceed with caution. Unfortunately, the rumor has been confirmed by Kidd Kraddick’s employer. I am as saddened as any of you to hear about this development. I enjoyed listening to Kidd Kraddick’s morning show, and even more so enjoyed the work that he did for children.

To those offended by the “tackiness” of the original piece, I apologize and out of respect for Kraddick, have removed any text that could offend readers, leaving you with this official statement from YEA Networks, which was released after our original piece had gone live:

“All of us with YEA Networks and the Kid Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader. Kidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children.

Kidd passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd’s Kids charity. He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him.

We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and his colleagues. At the appropriate time, we will release more information about the cause of death.”

ORIGINAL POST with a heaping dose of apologies:

Kidd Kraddick Death Watch: let the rumors begin.

Over the next few hours/days, you’re likely to hear from a lot of people — particularly those on social media — that the Dallas-based syndicated radio personality has died.

Now, we’re not saying that the rumor isn’t true — and if there does turn out to be any fact to it, I’m sure we’ll know soon enough — but as of Saturday night, July 27, you folks should probably proceed with caution.

Celebrity death hoaxes are becoming an annoyingly regular thing, with the most recent story another attempt to kill off Jackie Chan. Kidd Kraddick, however, is a particularly interesting target, especially when you consider the source of the speculation:

Mark Cuban. Dallas Mavericks owner. Shark Tank star. “Notorious” billionaire.

On Saturday evening at 7:32 p.m., Cuban allegedly tweeted the following: “RIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed.”

Cuban and Kraddick are both popular Dallas personalities, and the fact this comes from Cuban’s actual Twitter account is enough to raise some eyebrows.

But considering the KiddNation.com website has mentioned nothing of the demise and that no other news outlets were reporting on it close to three hours after Cuban’s tweet, we’re willing to bet this is a hack job.

It wouldn’t be the first time this year that a high-profile Twitter account became the target of a group of hackers. In April, the Associated Press Twitter feed tweeted that explosions near the White House had injured President Obama.

If you still haven’t heard anything on this story by the time of the deejay’s next show, then consider the Kidd Kraddick death watch over. Should he not show up, however, you officially have our permission to start worrying.

(Or if the news is for some reason delayed 24 hours on the Internet, then we’ll update this post to eat a little crow.)

Does the Kidd Kraddick death tweet have you worried? And are you as sick and tired of these celebrity death hoaxes as we are?

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447 Responses to “Kidd Kraddick Death Watch: Proceed With Caution, People”

  1. Anna Meza

    I'm here in dallas and I'm listening to the radio when the dj confirmed his death. Crying on air. Dies at a charity golf tournament.

  2. Dianne Leavitt

    It's true, and it is on local news sources in Dallas. Tacky article to say the least.

  3. Brodie Verworn

    A good friend of Kidds just confirmed it on his FB. No better humanitarian than Kidd Kraddick.

  4. Tara Keating

    It was confirmed by local news before you even posted this.

  5. Anonymous

    Congratulations Inquisitor – you're the first to disrespect and dishonor the death of a very beloved personality!

  6. Michelle Garza-Pellechio

    I live in Dallas, Billy the Kid tearfully announced it on air.

  7. Jenni Clemens

    The writer of this article wins biggest d-bag reporter of the century. Way to go idiot.

  8. Aric Mitchell

    Seriously, folks, don't mean to be jerky. The LAST thing I want on this earth is for there to be any truth to the rumor. If you have a link to a news outlet with an official statement, then please share it and we'll update the article. So far, what I'm seeing is from Twitter and Facebook. We've been inundated with death hoaxes lately. I'm a Kraddick listener myself, and I did not say that the rumor was false. I'm saying proceed with caution and check sources before simply retweeting Mark Cuban. I enjoy the Kidd Kraddick show and hope that it isn't true.

  9. John Bridges

    Very tacky article. It was confirmed by credible sources.

  10. Tiffany Todd

    106.1 reporting. I get the reason behind this article but you might want to check the truth before reporting when someone has really died. Just as bad as the false reporting.

  11. Tiffany Todd

    106.1 reporting. I get the reason behind this article but you might want to check the truth before reporting when someone has really died. Just as bad as the false reporting.

  12. Juanita Hernandez

    WFAA Cannel 8 just broke in with the news. Said they had it confirmed thru several differemt sources.

  13. Matt Bryant

    Terrible article. They're getting page views though. The absolute WORST reporting is this unprofessional writer making wild assumptions based on what? A wild guess? So many crap articles around now, it's getting stupid. I'm never visiting this site again, that's for damn sure.

  14. Joe Cassara

    Confirmed by AllAccess. Good enough for me, and should be good enough for you.

  15. Joe Cassara

    I like seeing would-be hoax alarmists caught with their pants down.

  16. Aric Mitchell

    Terri McAfee Kruse Hi Terri, saw that one and when you do a read-through it's "multiple sources." Only quote is still the Cuban quote. I'll continue to watch as well. Again, hope there is NO truth to this. Kidd Kraddick was/is a cool guy and has spent a career giving back.

  17. Aric Mitchell

    Terri McAfee Kruse Hi Terri, saw that one and when you do a read-through it's "multiple sources." Only quote is still the Cuban quote. I'll continue to watch as well. Again, hope there is NO truth to this. Kidd Kraddick was/is a cool guy and has spent a career giving back.

  18. Aric Mitchell

    Terri McAfee Kruse Hi Terri, saw that one and when you do a read-through it's "multiple sources." Only quote is still the Cuban quote. I'll continue to watch as well. Again, hope there is NO truth to this. Kidd Kraddick was/is a cool guy and has spent a career giving back.

  19. Aric Mitchell

    Terri McAfee Kruse Hi Terri, saw that one and when you do a read-through it's "multiple sources." Only quote is still the Cuban quote. I'll continue to watch as well. Again, hope there is NO truth to this. Kidd Kraddick was/is a cool guy and has spent a career giving back.

  20. Aric Mitchell

    Terri McAfee Kruse Hi Terri, saw that one and when you do a read-through it's "multiple sources." Only quote is still the Cuban quote. I'll continue to watch as well. Again, hope there is NO truth to this. Kidd Kraddick was/is a cool guy and has spent a career giving back.

  21. Krystal Burleson

    From Fox 4 News (Dallas) Facebook: UPDATED 10:44 p.m. — Sources confirm to FOX 4 News that KISS-FM and nationally-syndicated radio host Kidd Kraddick has died… reportedly of a brain aneurysm during a golf tournament for his charity.

  22. Floyd Gray

    Where did you get the brain aneurysm from? I didn't read anything about that.

  23. Roy Waggoner

    This is why there are real journalists still out there, to try to stop idiots like this author from jumping the gun. It's true, confirmed by friends and legitimate media outlets. It does take time to confirm things, and people weren't going to run off half-cocked and write articles solely based upon the Cuban tweet. Well, except for this one, that now seems crass in light of the horrible death the guy endured. The guy was a good humanitarian.

  24. Gary Holland

    Aric Mitchell from WFAA-ABC "Multiple sources have confirmed to WFAA that radio and TV personality Kidd Kraddick has died.
    He passed away in New Orleans Saturday at a fundraising event for his Kidd's Kids charity organization.
    The staple of North Texas radio since 1984, he broadcast his nationally syndicated "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" radio show from a studio at Las Colinas. It aired locally on KISS-FM 106.1.
    "All of us at KISS-FM, Clear Channel Dallas, YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader," a statement from Clear Channel Dallas said late Saturday night.
    Kraddick was 53. The cause of his death was not available.

  25. Gary Holland

    Aric Mitchell from WFAA-ABC "Multiple sources have confirmed to WFAA that radio and TV personality Kidd Kraddick has died.
    He passed away in New Orleans Saturday at a fundraising event for his Kidd's Kids charity organization.
    The staple of North Texas radio since 1984, he broadcast his nationally syndicated "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" radio show from a studio at Las Colinas. It aired locally on KISS-FM 106.1.
    "All of us at KISS-FM, Clear Channel Dallas, YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader," a statement from Clear Channel Dallas said late Saturday night.
    Kraddick was 53. The cause of his death was not available.

  26. Casey Clark

    Tami Odaniell Yep. Looks like Kid Kraddick died today at a charity event. :( I liked the guy and will miss him.

  27. Don Noska

    Clear Channel already released a statement confirming. WFAA and DallasNews.com have articles, too

  28. Anonymous

    Yeah, while I get the point you were trying to make…using terms like: "Death watch" is totally classless. Seriously, you can make the point that it's a possible hoax without cracking jokes, just in case it turns out to be true (as it did).

    Grow up.

  29. Deana Wimpy Price

    There is an official statement on kiddnation.com….it's on all the news channels in the DFW area…it appears to be true.

  30. John Egan

    You should take down this piece of crap article now. The man is dead, as has been confirmed by official sources, and his family, colleagues, friends and fans are mourning his loss. If this is what passes for journalism these days, then we're all in trouble. Shame on you, Inquisitr.

  31. Monica Cardoza

    Google news is FLOODED with confirmed reports from mainstream news sites.

    Wow, whoever wrote this article is a giant douchebag.

  32. Jacki East

    Yes it's true. There are official announcements from his show all over twitter. I get why you posted this article, I just think some of your comments in the article were out of line.

  33. Anonymous

    Even Wikipedia has updated his entry to show his death…

  34. Margaret Ellen

    that's the update I'm waiting for…. still nothing

  35. Judy Henbest

    RAMP has confirmed the death of syndicated personality (and longtime friend) Kidd Kraddick. Clear Channel SVP of Operations Kelly Kibler Owens shared the news in an email that read, "It is with a very heavy heart, that I am sending you this e-mail. It has been confirmed that Kidd Kraddick passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd's Kids charity. He died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him." Flagship KHKS/Dallas talking about the passing of Kraddick right now… http://www.1061kissfm.com/main.html

  36. Katie Cromwell

    Bet you feel like an idiot. Trying to stay ahead of the curve, nice try! Try getting a REAL journalism career.

  37. Hunter Johnson

    No, the brain aneurysm angle isn't confirmed. Every official source is saying some version of "we'll tell you later at the appropriate time", which probably means they don't know either, which would hardly be a surprise at this time.

  38. Trish Aikman

    Sheesh! Did they forget where the 'select page, delete' button was?

  39. Tina Wiley Stringer

    I am quite shocked and disappointed that you did not take the time to check out the facts before penning this sloppy and tasteless article. You should have researched and waited for more info, as it is your responsibility to verify facts in order to report credible news. Many of us have listened to and admired Kidd Kraddick for years. The public deserves to know the facts and be well informed and not subjected to this garbage.

  40. Hunter Johnson

    WFAA said "aneurism"? The page on their site says "Kraddick was 53. The cause of his death was not released. Clear Channel said that information will be made available "at the appropriate time."

  41. Hunter Johnson

    http://www.1061kissfm.com/articles/423626/11521209/

    https://twitter.com/kiddnation/status/361335599778652161/photo/1

    https://www.facebook.com/iheartradio/posts/10151715249129172

    http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Kidd-Kraddick-217263631.html

    http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/Sources-confirm-radio-host-Kidd-Kraddick-has-died-after-hosting-charity-golf-tournament-in-Gretna-217266081.html

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20130727-dallas-radio-host-kidd-kraddick-dies.ece

  42. Sheila Dunlap

    It's true kiss fm was upset talking about him as it was on the local news

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  126. Pamela Koehler Bradham

    I just logged on and have been at my grandsons Birthday party all day, I thought it was a joke at first when I saw the facebook RIP page for him, but then I went to the Dallas Morning News website and it had it posted on there. So Sad :(

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  129. Anonymous

    His death is now being reported on Entertainment Weekly (www.EW.com) and TMZ, as well as CNN (as their first story listed).

  130. Kara Morrow McMullen

    I, for one, am a huge fan of KKITM and I was NOT, in the least, offended by the original piece. Matter of fact, I agreed with you. I searched everywhere I knew to search and couldn't find anything reliable. I figured it was some sort of hoax, but thought it was strange that it was KIDD of all people. It's not like he's Jackie Chan or Bill Cosby. You did the right thing in questioning it to begin with. Once I saw the confirmations start to filter in from reliable sources, I began to believe. One tiny little part of me hopes maybe this is some sick joke, but I know it isn't. It's all so much coincidence with the "deathbed confessions" bit the show just did this week, and now his death, almost like he knew it was coming. It's so very sad. But, I wanted you to know, from a fan of the show, I was with you 100%.

  131. Jeremy Munn

    I ask you immediately take this article down. Not only is this trash but I believe you deserve to show this man some respect and learn to be a better journalist because this trash is taking away from a true hero and also making you a real arse I can only hope you feel the kind of pain felt by the fans of this wonderful person for trying to make a false report of his untimely death

  132. Whitney Johnson

    You're a Fucking idiot. Died of an aneurysm you dick. Raising money for Kidds kids charity golf course. Peter "Kidd" is a person you knuckledragger.

  133. Anonymous

    Here's the deal, man: when OBL was reported on Facebook as being dead, I was like, "I don't know about that…" but then it came up on the news. As a Celebrity News Reporter, you should verify before you write about it, either way. Don't step out and speculate on a death, man. I'm just saying… I know you wanted to be the first out there to call this hoax, but why not at least GET THE NEWS, AND GET IT RIGHT- BEFORE YOU REPORT IT? Don't defend yourself so much on this one, you were flat wrong.