David "Kidd" Kraddick's heart gave out before its time.
The famed deejay, whose nationally syndicated morning show was heard on more than 75 stations, appears to have died of cardiac disease, according to preliminary autopsy results released Monday.
Kraddick died suddenly at 53 on Saturday in New Orleans after falling ill while hosting a charity golf event. He lost consciousness on the way to Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank , where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Per reports, the autopsy revealed an enlarged heart and blocked arteries that probably led to Kraddick having an irregular heartbeat.
Dr. Granville Morse, a deputy coroner with the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office, said that the report was not final, pending the results of toxicology tests, but three of Kraddick's coronary arteries ranged from 40 to 80 percent blocked and cardiac disease had enlarged his heart.
"We're just beyond devastated," Kraddick in the Morning cohost Kellie Rasberry said on the air today. "This was such a shock to everyone...I love him, and I'm not saying love in the past tense. I'm really just heartbroken."
Kraddick's charity, Kidd's Kids, benefits chronically ill and otherwise physically challenged children. The weekend tournament in New Orleans was to raise money to send kids to Disney World in Orlando.