Although final autopsy results have yet to be determined or take place, it is suspected that David "Kidd" Kraddick died suddenly of a brain aneurism Saturday, while playing at a golf charity event that benefited children with special medical needs.
David Kraddick had a knack for DOING and SAYING what he believed to be true, regardless of the naysayers and critics and learned to "hold his ground", not matter the intensity of the opposition. I think that is why I liked him so much as the same character trait and passion is evident in my own life, as evidenced by this "not so glamorous" article I posted on my blog a number of months ago, when I felt that Kidd Kraddick was not adequately promoting or getting sufficient playtime for my friend Tim Halprin (who advanced through several rounds to American Idol but was ultimately voted off the show): http://dance4one.blogspot.com/2011/11/dance4one-calls-kiss-1061-fms-kidd.html.
I still don't believe, for whatever reason, Tim Halprin was not adequately represented or had his songs played often enough in the Dallas area (Clear Channel Communications owns at least 6 radio stations in the DFW metroplex, including Q102 and KISS 106.1 FM). But that doesn't mean that I don't STILL hold the highest regard and respect attainable for Mr. David "Kidd" Kraddick.
Kidd, if you are listening...and I believe you are...please KNOW that your LIFE will be sorely missed. But also KNOW this: YOU inspired ME and countless others through your LIVING and choosing to IMPACT the LIVES of others who otherwise had little hope of anything more than assured death, or a life cut short by an incurable or inoperable medical condition. You gave US a reason for LIVING, no matter how long we have or had. You taught us to LIVE, even in the DYING. You taught us to find the bright side, no matter how dark or ugly the circumstances we were dealt, either by poor personal choices, or unexplainable or unpredictable fate. May you rest in peace, KNOWING that your legacy will live on forever, and continue to not only impact this generation, but the generations to come. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.