Shocking and sad news from NBC:
The New York Times is reporting that NBC Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert has died from an apparent heart attack. They are citing family reports. He was 58-years-old.
Russert collapsed at work:
Tim Russert, NBC’s Washington bureau chief and host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” has died after collapsing at NBC’s Washington news bureau.
Russert had just returned from a family vacation:
The network said Russert suffered a heart attack while at work and could not be revived. He had just returned from a family vacation in Italy to celebrate the graduation of his son, Luke, from Boston College.
His final story was posted on MSNBC shortly before his death:
It’s amazing how much the Internet has changed our lives. People get emails that make accusations without foundation and they are circulated around the country within seconds and suddenly become topics of conversations around water coolers or in lunchrooms.
The MSNBC story:
He was “one of the premier political journalists and analysts of his time,” Tom Brokaw, the former longtime anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” said in announcing Russert’s death. “This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice.”
Thoughts from the Mars Phoenix team via Twitter.
Condolences to his colleagues, friends, and family. I’ll update as additional details emerge.
Tom Brokaw’s announcement