Tim Russert, Dead at 58

The New York Times is reporting that journalist Tim Russert passed away earlier this afternoon.  He was 58 years old.

The New York Post reports that Russert suffered a heart attack and collapsed at NBC’s Washington bureau.

More from the Post:

Russert, who rose from the inside world of politics where he was former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo’s press secretary and one-time chief of staff to the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was able to successfully cross over to political journalism and rise to become one of its leading lights.

In his role as host of the seminal Sunday morning political program “Meet the Press” – which he took over in 1991 – he became renowned for his hard-nosed interviews where he frequently cor


In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Goodbye, Tim.