Kidd Kraddick public memorial set for Aug. 15 - Dallas News |

Coroner: Kraddick died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease

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A Louisiana coroner officially ruled on Friday that Dallas radio host Kidd Kraddick died of arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

Arteriosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries and hypertensive cardiovascular disease is typically followed by heart failure.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner said the manner of death was natural.

Fans of Kraddick, 53, will be able to say goodbye to him next Thursday at a free public memorial.

The "Tribute to Kidd" event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the AT&T Plaza outside the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Video will also be streamed on

Some of Kraddick's closest friends and family members will speak about his life. Special guest Ben Folds will perform.

"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," said Caroline Cradick, his daughter.  "This charity meant so much to him and it is such an honor to carry on his legacy. Thank you to all of the fans for your kind words.  I feel the love every day and am lucky to have a father that left such an impact."

The tribute will be followed by a benefit concert for Kidd's Kids at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues. Acts include the Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer, Cimorelli and Tim Halperin. Video of the concert will be shown in the AT&T Plaza.

Kraddick died unexpectedly on July 27 while attending a charity golf tournament in New Orleans.

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