NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — New York Times media columnist David Carr died after collapsing at the office Thursday evening. He was 58.
Carr wrote the Media Equation column for the newspaper, focusing on issues of media in relation to business and culture. He overcame drug addiction to become — as The Times’ publisher and chairman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. called him — “one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times.”
Carr was found in the Times newsroom shortly before 9 p.m. and then taken to Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York Times.
Earlier Thursday evening, Carr moderating a panel with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at the New School in Midtown.
He joined the Times in 2002 as a business reporter, covering magazine publishing. His Media Equation column appeared in the Monday business section.
Carr also appeared during a 2011 documentary of the The Grey Lady, “Page One: Inside The New York Times.”
The Times says Carr lived in Montclair, New Jersey, with his family. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
Before joining the Times, Carr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine. He also was a media writer for news website Inside.com.
Carr served as editor of the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C. He also was editor of a Minneapolis-based alternative weekly called Twin Cities Reader.
Carr is the third prominent media figure to have died this week following the deaths of “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon and “NBC News” journalist Ned Colt.
Many are mourning the sudden death of Carr, including CNN’s Brian Stelter who started under Carr’s tutelage at The Times before going on to host “Reliable Sources”: