New York Times media columnist David Carr dead at 58

Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:44pm EST
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(Reuters) - New York Times media columnist David Carr collapsed at the newspaper's office and died on Thursday, the paper reported. He was 58.

Carr penned the widely read Media Equation column that appeared in the Monday business section and focused on "media as it intersects with business, culture and government," according to his biography on the New York Times website.

He also reported for the paper's culture section and featured prominently in "Page One: Inside The New York Times," a 2011 documentary on the publication.

The Times said Carr collapsed in the paper's newsroom and was discovered around 9 p.m. local time. He was later pronounced dead at Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.

Carr moderated a panel discussion earlier on Thursday on "Citizenfour," the documentary that chronicles the leaking of documents by former U.S. government security contractor Edward Snowden, with director Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Snowden, the paper said.

"He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom," Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet wrote in an email circulated to staff, the paper said.

Carr was the second major force in U.S. journalism to die in the past two days.

On Wednesday, veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car accident in New York City at the age of 73. Simon's decades-long career included covering major overseas conflicts and surviving Iraqi prison.

Carr joined the New York Times in 2002 covering the magazine publishing industry, after working as a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine, the paper said.   Continued...

New York Times media columnist David Carr poses in a 2008 archive photo provided by his newspaper. Carr collapsed at the newspaper's office and died on February 13, 2015, the paper reported. He was 58. REUTERS/Chester Higgins Jr/New York Times