Tim Russert dead at 58 of heart attack

Veteran anchor Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press has died today at age 58 of a heart attack, according to The New York Times:

Tom Brokaw, the former anchor of NBC Nightly News, came on the air at 3:39 p.m. that Mr. Russert had collapsed and died early this afternoon while at work. He had just returned from Italy with his family.
“Our beloved colleague,” a grave Mr. Brokaw called him, one of the premier journalists of our time. He said this was one of the most important years in his life, with his deep engagement in the network’s political coverage, and that he “worked to the point of exhaustion.” Mr. Brokaw said Mr. Russert was a true child of Buffalo and always stayed in touch with his blue collar roots and “the ethos of that community.”

Tim hosted Meet the Press since 1991 and interviewed prominent political figures on his own MSNBC show Tim Russert. He is survived by his wife Vanity Fair correspondent Maureen Orth and son Luke.

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