Medical examiner to look into death of NY Times' David Carr

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Posted: Feb 13, 2015 1:34 PM
Medical examiner to look into death of NY Times' David Carr

NEW YORK (AP) — The city medical examiner's office said Friday that it plans to look into the death of New York Times media columnist David Carr, who collapsed just hours after moderating a "Times Talks" conversation with Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald.

It's unclear how long it will take for the findings.

Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column for The Times, collapsed in his office after leading a "Times Talks" conversation about the documentary "Citizenfour," which chronicles Snowden's leak of National Security Agency documents.

The Times' publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., said Carr had "formidable talent" and was "one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times." He called him "an indispensable guide to modern media."

Executive Editor Dean Baquet also heaped praise on Carr and said he was special.

"He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom," Baquet told Carr's colleagues in an email. "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."

Carr grew up in Minnesota and joined The Times in 2002 as a business reporter, covering magazine publishing. His Media Equation column appeared in the Monday business section. It focused on issues of media in relation to business, culture and government.

Carr, who lived in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and their daughter and had two other daughters, also wrote "The Night of the Gun," a 2008 memoir about addiction and recovery.

The book, published by Simon & Schuster, traces Carr's rise from cocaine addict to single dad raising twin girls to sobered-up media columnist for The Times.