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Russert Not Well During His Final Interview

6/13/2008 6:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The last people Tim Russert interviewed before he died thought the newsman didn't look so good.

Writers John Harwood and Jerry Seib pre-taped an interview with Russert this morning for this weekend's episode of the "Tim Russert Show." After the interview Seib commented, "I don't think Tim felt very well."

We've asked NBC whether they plan to air this show, and who will step in on "Meet the Press" -- we haven't heard back.

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well    

Could it have been DVT?

2321 days ago
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just wondering    

He would have felt weakness just prior to cardiac arrest, wether it was caused by a coronary embolism , myocardial infarction or arrhythmic event.

2321 days ago
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just wondering    

sad...good point..we r all only speculating but it doesn't hurt to share thoughts anyways...the DVT could have happended while doing all that overseas flying.

2321 days ago
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just wondering    

p.s...dvt usually ends up in the lungs though causing a pulmonary embolism , anyhoo hum...Hogan and Brit boards r up so this will be old news in no time at all.

2321 days ago
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Kim w. Kostelecky    

So sad to lose the best. I would watch his programs and know if Tim said something it was true,. How refreshing in this day of half-truths. Sad day for America but god gets the best.

2321 days ago
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Lazlo    

Why not let Wee Harvey Levin do Meet the Press? The can put him in a booster seat.
Of course there is that whole 'credibility' thing.


Maybe Not

2321 days ago
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zackman    

To answer the question of who would replace tim russert the people of NBC probably don't know yet...maybe tha's why you guys havn't heard back from them...maybe Tom Brocaw will come out of retirement and do it...just a thought

2321 days ago
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prophet_gyspy    

Sorry,

How Timely: The sweestest talking commi. properganderest russert . Vacates the that tribe of kennedy the child rapest killer so sad. Right at the most crucial election's in American history un-folds. Not a beeter time chosen for the disemdaking theart to the great USA

Prophet_Gyspy

2321 days ago
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mya    

TMZ wants to know who will replace Tim Russert? Here's a thought, everyone is still in shock and the family better be respected by not replacing the guy tomorrow!! I ti-vo "Meet the Press" every Sunday, so i for one will need sometime to mourn. Tim Russert was respectable and i just trusted his take on politics. I think we all need to take a breather......

2321 days ago
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Kelli    

He was a genuine guy and his interviews showed it. I heard he was having a lot of fun in Italy, RIP!!

2321 days ago
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armymom    

God Bless em .. God Bless his family

2321 days ago
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hysteria    

Tim Russert and Peter Jennings are looking down on us and talking about how f**ked we are as a society....We lost a great one.

2321 days ago
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Mayu    

I didn't agree with him politically, but he was a good man who always put his family first. They were the most important things in his lives, and you could tell by the way he talked about them with pride. My heart goes out to them and I extend my well wishes to his family.

2321 days ago
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Mayu    

Also, gee... I wonder why they haven't gotten back to you TMZ. How insensative. The guy DIED TODAY, and you're calling them about who will be his REPLACEMENT?

let the shock and sadness settle a bit before being retards.

The guy just died, and the last thing on the minds of his collegues who were also his friends, is "Welp, whose gonna replace old Timmy?"

You guys at TMZ are getting worse and worse. I always say it, almost half jokingly, but now its getting extremely serious as to how low you really are. Harvey should be ashamed. I can't believe this respected lawyer became a sleeze writer.

2321 days ago
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matt    

#10, How can you not agree with him politically when he doesn't take sides? He digs for the truth and thats what Tim Russert was all about. He would get to the real truth and ask straight/honest questions to the candidates. This is what is missing from every journalist nowadays. He did his homework and has an extraordinary memory. He would take specific quotes from candidates years earlier and repeat them in interviews with them and ask them to explain....which placed them on the spot. Most of them never remembered saying half of the quotes Tim remembered. AND, he also gave them as much time as needed to answer his questions. Only the strong would survive his interviews. I can't think of a single political journalist who is comparable to Tim. He was passionate about his family and about news/politics. He will be greatly missed.

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