David Carr, the New York Times columnist who examined America's changing media landscape, died suddenly at 58.
He collapsed in the office and died at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
Talented and candid, Mr. Carr practiced his craft at a level his colleagues aspired to. His column was a must-read during a time of great turmoil in the media business, covering newspapers, television networks, large cable companies and the start-ups trying to upend their business. He reached the highest levels of the profession after a self-publicized struggle with addiction.
"He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom," Dean Baquet, executive editor of the Times, said in a memo to staff. "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."
Mr. Carr started in alternative media, serving as editor of the Washington City Paper and the Twin Cities Reader in Minneapolis. He joined the Times in 2002 covering the magazine-publishing industry, according to the newspaper.
His wife, Jill Rooney Carr, and one of his daughters, Erin, were with him at the hospital, Mr. Baquet said in his note. He is also survived by two other daughters, Maddie and Meagan, who is Erin's Twin, according to the Times.