New York Times Columnist David Carr Dies At 58


New York Times media columnist David Carr died on Thursday at age 58, the newspaper reported.

Carr was a longtime media critic and had worked at the Times since 2002, according to the Times. He wrote the newspaper’s “Media Equation” column that appeared in print on Mondays. He was also the author of the 2008 memoir “The Night of the Gun,” which detailed his struggles with drug addiction and recovery.

Along with media reporter Brian Stelter, who now works at CNN, he was also one of the main subjects of the 2011 documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”

The newspaper’s obituary said Carr collapsed in the Times newsroom at about 9 p.m. ET and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Before working for the Times, Carr wrote for The Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine as well as the website Earlier in his career, he served as the editor of alternative weekly newspapers in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis.

The Times said Carr was survived by his wife, Jill Rooney Carr, and their daughter Maddie as well as his twin daughters, Erin and Meagan.

Earlier on Thursday, Carr had moderated a discussion at the New School in New York City with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras along with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who spoke via video feed. (A video recording of the event is below.)

Rumors of Carr’s death began to circulate on Twitter late Thursday before it was confirmed by the newspaper.

At 10 p.m. ET, Sarah Booth, a staff artist at the Times, posted a message to Twitter that mentioned Carr.

Soon after, Booth tweeted that Carr had “collapsed” and “did not make it.”

The Times quickly published news of Carr’s death on its website. Messages of shock as well as tributes poured onto Twitter from his colleagues at the Times and throughout the media world.

Watch video of Carr from the discussion he moderated earlier Thursday:

This post has been updated.

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