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Tim Russert Dies of a Heart Attack

6/13/2008 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NBC News' Tim Russert has died of a heart attack. He was 58.

He was working in NBC's Washington bureau today when he collapsed while recording voice overs.

DC Fire tells us the call came in at 1:41 PM ET. We're told they transported one adult male patient in cardiac arrest to Sibley Hospital where he died.

The "Meet the Press" host and author is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth -- a special correspondent for Vanity Fair -- and their adult son, Luke.

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turtle276    

This is a horrible tragedy. He was one of the finest political reporters ever. His combination of enthusiasm and sobriety was unique in his field. I was so looking forward to watching him on election night. Hopefully some like Chuck Todd will honor his legacy and break out the white board on November 4.

2267 days ago
17.

Woof    

Happy to see no low-class death jokes this time, TMZ. Sorry to hear it, my condolences to his family.

2267 days ago
18.

Leela    

Poster #2, that was pretty callous of you. People can die of heart attacks without ever once having abused their bodies. My cxondolences to this man's family and friends.

2267 days ago
19.

Well    

Wow. horrible. Just horrible. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Very sad. Good man.

2267 days ago
20.

He's Boring now    

Big Russ will miss you.

What a great Father, Catholic, Commentator, and Human Being. God Bless your Family Tim.

2267 days ago
21.

ReneeNW    

So sad and what a shocker. He seemed like a really nice guy too. My condolences to his family and friends. Godspeed, Tim.

2267 days ago
22.

Leela    

Oh shoot, bad time for a typo. I was so annoyed by #2's comment I misspelled condolences. Sorry about that.

2267 days ago
23.

Vicki in Canada    

OMG - THIS IS VERY SAD AND SHOCKING TO HEAR - I DON'T SUPPOSE THAT IT'S JUST A RUMOR?
MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. HE WAS A STRAIGHT UP SHOOTER - SOMEONE YOU COULD TRUST AND I ENJOYED WATCHING HIM ON TV.

2267 days ago
24.

Clare    

What was it he always said? He would reveal if he was a Democrat or Republican if the Buffalo Bills won the Super bowl? We'll never know now!

2267 days ago
25.

James    

I am not seeing reporting of this anywhere else.... even on MSNBC is this true? I am shocked

2267 days ago
26.

Mik    

Friday the 13th ! I'm with you #1 ,RIP Mr Russert

2267 days ago
27.

Julia    

He was such a good son to his father. Last year for fathers day I bought my Dad his book he wrote. Geez how sad.

2267 days ago
28.

Biff    

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, screw this world.

2267 days ago
29.

BEve    

RIP

2267 days ago
30.

doodahday    

WHAAAAT???

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