“We share our heartfelt condolences with Stuart’s family and friends.”
Dr Kidd, a retired orthopaedic surgeon, viewed an early version of the episode with his wife Janet in February. He later emailed producers to say he was “gobsmacked”, thanking them for bringing an important issue to Australian TV.
Dr Kidd’s wife, Janet, said her husband had put all his effort into being the “very best doctor, husband, father and grandfather he possibly could be” before his death.
“I watched the episode of You Can’t Ask That with Stuart in February and he was pleased with it,” she said in a statement. “It was tough, but we are all proud of him for putting the story out there and we all think it’s well done and powerful.
“He never stopped trying to find help and healing.”
Dr Kidd worked closely with the Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN), a peer support group for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, based in Western Sydney. His family has called for donations to the group in light of his passing.
“SAMSN has kindly begun a fund in his memory to support family members of male survivors of sexual assault,” they said. “Please help by making a donation. We needed it, others need it, too.”
You Can’t Ask That first went to air in 2016 and is now in its third season, with past episodes focusing on sex workers, refugees and ice users.