Acclaimed New York Times journalist David Carr has died suddenly after collapsing in the papers newsroom, aged just 58.
The columnist had written for the paper since 2002 as a business reporter having previously written for Atlantic Monthly and New York, Inside.com as well as editing the Washington City Paper during a 25 year career in the industry. He was perhaps best known as author of the Media Equation, a column looking at news, publishing and social media.
Despite this success Carr was upfront about his darker past which saw him pen his memoir Night of the Gun in which he detailed his former life as a cocaine addict and dealer in the eighties and subsequent recovery.
In an email to staff following the incident Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times, said: “I am sorry to have to tell you that our wonderful, esteemed colleague David Carr died suddenly tonight after collapsing in the newsroom.
“A group of us were with his wife, Jill, and one of his daughters, at the hospital.
“He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom.”
Carr leaves behind a wife and three daughters.