One of the greats of journalism is gone.
WASHINGTON – Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after a sudden heart attack at the bureau, NBC News said Friday. He was 58.
Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he collapsed, the network said. He and his family had recently returned from Italy, where they celebrated the graduation of Russert’s son, Luke, from Boston College.
No further details were immediately available.
Rest in peace, Tim Russert. A pity you won’t be here to witness the results of the presidential election you have covered so well through the primaries.
Update: More commentary and reaction from fellow bloggers:
- “A sad day for anyone who cares about political journalism.” – via Romenesko.
- AdPulp: Tim Russert, R.I.P.
- GigaOM: RIP, Tim Russert. “Sundays will never be the same.”
- SimpsonScarborough: My Sundays are forever changed.