New York Times Writer David Carr Dies at 58

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David Carr, a columnist for the New York Times, has died at the age of 58, the Times reports.

Carr collapsed in the newsroom and was found at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.

Only hours prior, Carr had moderated a panel discussing Citizenfour with Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald at the New School.

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Carr began his journalism career in his home state of Minnesota. He went on to contribute to multiple publications, including New York Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly, before joining The New York Times in 2002. There he wrote a weekly column, The Media Equation, covering media and culture. He also published a 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun, which chronicled his recovery from a drug addiction and cancer.

“David Carr was one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times,” the paper’s publisher and chairman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement.

“He combined formidable talent as a reporter with acute judgment to become an indispensable guide to modern media. But his friends at The Times and beyond will remember him as a unique human being — full of life and energy, funny, loyal and lovable. An irreplaceable talent, he will be missed by everyone who works for The Times and everyone who reads it.”

Carr is survived by his wife, Jill Rooney Carr, and three daughters, Maddie, Erin and Meaghan.

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