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New York Times Columnist David Carr Dies At 58

Carr was well-known for his columns on the media, as well as his candid memoir discussing his former cocaine addiction.

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Times staffers confirmed his death to BuzzFeed News shortly before the paper published his obituary.

In a note to employees, Executive Editor Dean Baquet said Carr "died suddenly tonight after collapsing in the newsroom."

Carr's wife and one of his daughters were joined by a group of Times staffers at the hospital, Baquet added.

"He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom," Baquet wrote.

Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Thursday called Carr "one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times." Sulzberger added that "he combined formidable talent as a reporter with acute judgement to become an indispensable guide to modern media."

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In the world of journalism, David Carr was a rock of integrity and a rock of courage. So hard to accept that that rock is suddenly gone.

Steven Greenhouse@greenhousenytFollow

In the world of journalism, David Carr was a rock of integrity and a rock of courage. So hard to accept that that rock is suddenly gone.

12:20 AM - 13 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

A lot of sweet praise for @carr2n. I didn't know him well, but my colleagues are absolutely gutted by this gift that has been taken from us.

Derek Willis@derekwillisFollow

A lot of sweet praise for @carr2n. I didn't know him well, but my colleagues are absolutely gutted by this gift that has been taken from us.

8:08 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

David Carr was the most generous journalist I've ever known--nobody more willing to help his brethren. That was only one of his gifts

Joe Nocera@NoceraNYTFollow

David Carr was the most generous journalist I've ever known--nobody more willing to help his brethren. That was only one of his gifts

8:08 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

God, David Carr's columns were so on point, so enthralling. An education every week. A terrible loss.

J.J. Helland@jjhellandFollow

God, David Carr's columns were so on point, so enthralling. An education every week. A terrible loss.

8:11 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I knew to respect the NYT. But Carr's book & columns taught me to love it. He loved this place, and he explained it better than anyone.

Katie Rogers@katierogersFollow

I knew to respect the NYT. But Carr's book & columns taught me to love it. He loved this place, and he explained it better than anyone.

8:11 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

He invigorated our newsroom and left his legacy there tonight. David Carr was 58. http://t.co/Pn4hXvrD4n

Liz Robbins@nytlizrobbinsFollow

He invigorated our newsroom and left his legacy there tonight. David Carr was 58. http://t.co/Pn4hXvrD4n

8:04 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

David Carr gave me hope, helped me feel I was in the right place doing the right thing. Grateful for his wisdom and spirit.

Jon Caramanica@joncaramanicaFollow

David Carr gave me hope, helped me feel I was in the right place doing the right thing. Grateful for his wisdom and spirit.

10:50 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

David Carr died today at 58. I owe him far more than 140. I owe him my career. http://t.co/kwVFWjFss2

Sam Sifton@SamSiftonFollow

David Carr died today at 58. I owe him far more than 140. I owe him my career. http://t.co/kwVFWjFss2

10:41 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Shadid. Carr. The very best at the height of their powers at the most crucial moment when the world needed them most.

Sam Dolnick@samdolnickFollow

Shadid. Carr. The very best at the height of their powers at the most crucial moment when the world needed them most.

10:44 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Earlier in the evening, Carr appeared at a New School and Times event in conversation with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and Laura Poitras.

Tonite: @carr2n + @ggreenwald + Ed Snowden + Laura Poitras discussing surveillance & @citizenfour in NYC.

eugene hernandez@eugFollow

Tonite: @carr2n + @ggreenwald + Ed Snowden + Laura Poitras discussing surveillance & @citizenfour in NYC.

1:29 AM - 13 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Information on what caused his death was not immediately available.

Carr was known for his columns on the media, as well as his candid 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun.

He joined the Times in 2002, following work for the Washington City Paper and The Twin Cities Reader, according to the Times. He is survived by his wife, Jill Rooney Carr, and three daughters.

Carr's passion for media often met with humor and irreverence in his columns. He consistently inspired fellow journalists through years of industry decline.

David Carr stood out because at a time when the news industry is struggling for its soul, he exemplified both soul and integrity. RIP

Nicholas Kristof@NickKristofFollow

David Carr stood out because at a time when the news industry is struggling for its soul, he exemplified both soul and integrity. RIP

7:50 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

So devastating. Will miss @carr2n ... Can't fathom. He was the very best in this business. Huge empty hole on so many levels.

Jim Bankoff@BankoffFollow

So devastating. Will miss @carr2n ... Can't fathom. He was the very best in this business. Huge empty hole on so many levels.

7:54 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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David Carr was one of the very few journalists I've met in recent years who didn't think he had the story before he began it.

Jason Hirschhorn@JasonHirschhornFollow

David Carr was one of the very few journalists I've met in recent years who didn't think he had the story before he began it.

7:55 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

When I was getting people coffee at NYT, David Carr treated me like I had a Pulitzer. In person and in the paper, he was a great.

Micah Cohen@micahcohenFollow

When I was getting people coffee at NYT, David Carr treated me like I had a Pulitzer. In person and in the paper, he was a great.

8:00 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

David Carr, you were my conscience/ barometer for so many news events.No!

Katrina vandenHeuvel@KatrinaNationFollow

David Carr, you were my conscience/ barometer for so many news events.No!

7:59 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

When David Carr took over the Washington City Paper in the mid 1990s he hired me and @tanehisicoates, as interns. His first year. @carr2n

jelani cobb@jelani9Follow

When David Carr took over the Washington City Paper in the mid 1990s he hired me and @tanehisicoates, as interns. His first year. @carr2n

7:58 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

He was also one of the major faces of the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. Here, he pulled no punches while talking to representatives of Vice.

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Carr left a mark outside of journalism circles as well, earning tributes from musicians and celebrities.

David Carr's book, "The Night of the Gun," inspired my last record. So grateful to have known the brilliant and kind news man.

St. Vincent@st_vincentFollow

David Carr's book, "The Night of the Gun," inspired my last record. So grateful to have known the brilliant and kind news man.

8:10 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tonight I will play for David Carr. Some of the most exciting/inspiring talks & dinners I have ever had were with him. I am heartbroken.

Carrie Brownstein@Carrie_RachelFollow

Tonight I will play for David Carr. Some of the most exciting/inspiring talks & dinners I have ever had were with him. I am heartbroken.

8:01 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

David Carr was a great writer. So sad to hear this. Literally just read his last piece. See the doc "Page One" to get sense of who he was.

Ben Stiller@RedHourBenFollow

David Carr was a great writer. So sad to hear this. Literally just read his last piece. See the doc "Page One" to get sense of who he was.

8:13 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

“@thedailybeast: “I’m not what you would call the classic Timesman.” http://t.co/SfYxzV26ob ” No. Just the BEST one.

Anthony Bourdain@BourdainFollow

“@thedailybeast: “I’m not what you would call the classic Timesman.” http://t.co/SfYxzV26ob ”
No. Just the BEST one.

8:16 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I never met David Carr. Don't know what to say. I'm so sad. Sorry for all the RTs. But someone crucial & necessary is gone.

Patton Oswalt@pattonoswaltFollow

I never met David Carr. Don't know what to say. I'm so sad. Sorry for all the RTs. But someone crucial & necessary is gone.

8:08 PM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Carr himself was active on Twitter. He recently joked about his social media "frenemy."

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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