On the heels of Bob Simon’s freak Wednesday night car accident, that’s the first, natural reaction. But sadly, the New York Times has confirmed the loss of another forthright journalism giant:
Carr, who wrote about media as it intersects with business, culture and government in his Media Equation column for the New York Times, died at the office on Thursday. He was 58.
For the past 25 years, Mr. Carr wrote about media. He joined the Times in 2002 as a business reporter covering the magazine publishing industry. His column appeared in the Monday business section and focused on media issues, including print, digital, film, radio and television.
In a memo to staff, executive editor Dean Baquet rightly called Carr the finest media reporter of his generation:
I am sorry to have to tell you that our wonderful, esteemed colleague David Carr died suddenly tonight after collapsing in the newsroom. A group of us were with his wife, Jill, and one of his daughters, at the hospital. His daughter Erin said he was special, and that he was.
He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom. 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.
In 2012, Carr participated in our series “My First Big Break:”
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Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. I loved David Carr. He was a preposterously excellent human.
— Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen) February 13, 2015
David Carr stood out because at a time when the news industry is struggling for its soul, he exemplified both soul and integrity. RIP
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 13, 2015
Runyonesque David Carr dead, shockingly, at 58. Saw him last week, scarf askew, buoyant, dismissive of all the fat cats who circled him.
— tad friend (@tadfriend) February 13, 2015
David Carr's book, "The Night of the Gun," inspired my last record. So grateful to have known the brilliant and kind news man.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) February 13, 2015
In Latin, we'd call David Carr "sui generis." In English, we'd call him an American original. In my gut, I'd call him irreplaceable.
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) February 13, 2015