Breaking News 3:33 PM ET: Tim Russert Is Dead at 58, His Family Says
UPDATED - 9:09PM
Tim Russert, who pointedly but politely questioned hundreds of the powerful and influential as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," died suddenly Friday while at work in Washington. The network's Washington bureau chief was 58.
In addition to his weekly program, Russert appeared on the network's other news shows, was moderator for numerous political debates and wrote two best-selling books.
Russert was just back from a family trip to Italy and was in his Washington office working when he collapsed. NBC said he was recording voiceovers for Sunday's "Meet the Press."
The cause of death was not immediately clear. The network said on its Web site that Russert died of a heart attack, but Michael A. Newman, Russert's internist, later said that resuscitation was begun immediately and continued at Sibley Memorial Hospital, to no avail. An autopsy was pending, Newman said.