The news that NBC's host of Meet the Press, Tim Russert, died today at 58 stunned me because of his age, and that I just saw him on MSNBC recently, but his death didn't actually surprise me that much. I joked awhile back during coverage of a presidential primary that he looked and acted drunk. Actually, he seemed in ill-health that night but I just assumed he was doing what I was doing: having a few too many drinks to celebrate polls closing.
The cause of death was not immediately clear. The network said on its Web site that Russert died of a heart attack, but Michael A. Newman, Russert's internist, later said that resuscitation was begun immediately and continued at Sibley Memorial Hospital, to no avail. An autopsy was pending, Newman said.