New York Times media columnist, critic, and reporter David Carr passed away unexpectedly this evening. NPR’s David Folkenflik confirmed the news on Twitter. Reports indicate that Carr collapsed in the New York Times newsroom and was taken to the hospital where he passed away. There, he was surrounded by family and work colleagues, including New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet.
Baquet sent the following email to New York Times employees, alerting them to Carr’s passing:
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. His daughter Erin said he was special, and that he was.
He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom. He was our biggest champion, and his unending passion for journalism and for truth will be missed by his family at The Times, by his readers around the world, and by people who love journalism.