Tim Russert, 58, died today of a heart attack in his Washington, D.C. office. Russert is best known as host of the Sunday talk show "Meet the Press," as well as NBC's Washington bureau chief.
Russert’s death was announced on-air by Tom Brokaw, the former anchor of NBC Nightly News, at 3:39 p.m. today. Brokaw reported that Russert had collapsed and died early this afternoon while at work. Russert had just returned from Italy with his family.
Brokaw reported that Russert had just moved his father, who is in his late 80s, from one elder-care facility to another in Buffalo, NY. He said Russert loved his family, his Catholic faith, his country, politics, the Buffalo Bills, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals.
No previous heart conditions are being reported at this time, but Russert is reported to have had diabetes.
Tim Russert was praised as a premier political analyst and journalist who will be greatly missed, on and off screen.
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Published On: June 13, 2008