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Preliminary Autopsy Results In For Celebrity Radio Host

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A Louisiana coroner's office says a preliminary autopsy found that popular radio and TV host David "Kidd" Kraddick had an enlarged heart and blocked arteries, and probably developed an irregular heartbeat.
    
Dr. Granville Morse, a deputy coroner in the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office, says Kraddick collapsed while being driven to an emergency room after becoming ill during his charity's golf tournament on Saturday in a New Orleans suburb.
    
He says doctors at a nearby Ochsner Medical Center campus attempted to revive Kraddick.
    
Morse says the autopsy is not final because toxicology tests are not back. But he says Kraddick's heart was enlarged by cardiac disease, and three coronary arteries were 40 to 80 percent blocked.
    
Morse says those can lead to an irregular heartbeat and collapse.

A publicist who worked with nationally syndicated radio and TV personality says Kraddick has died at a charity golf event in greater New Orleans. He was 53.
    
Ladd Biro of the public relations firm Champion Management told The Associated Press that Kraddick died Saturday at a tournament to raise money for his Kidd's Kids charity.
    
"He died doing what he loved," Biro says.
   
Biro says the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show is syndicated by YEA Networks and heard on more than 75 radio stations. The show's cast is seen weeknights on nationally syndicated TV show "Dish Nation."
    
YeaNetworks said in a statement that the show's crew is "heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader."

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