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    Tim Russert's Sudden Death

    Tim Russert, the 58-year-old host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and NBC’s Washington bureau chief, died suddenly of a heart attack Friday while at work.

    After an autopsy, NBC News reported that Russert’s doctor, Michael Newman, said cholesterol plaque ruptured in an artery, causing the heart attack. Newman also said the autopsy showed an enlarged heart.

    Russert had recently returned from a vacation in Italy.

    He was a very popular and respected newsman, and the author of a bestseller about his father called “Big Russ and Me.”

    The irony does not escape us that he died on Father’s Day weekend. As a respected and admired journalist, and a father himself, our hearts go out to his family.

    If you have any memories or sentiments about Russert you would like to express, please feel free to comment here.

    Sean Swint
    Executive Editor, WebMD


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