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New York Times media columnist David Carr has died, the paper reports. Carr collapsed in his office Thursday, and was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 58.

Carr wrote for the paper's Media Equation column, analyzing news and developments in publishing, television and social media. His Monday column was among the paper's most popular.

Executive Editor Dean Baquet sent an email to the newspaper's staff confirming the news of Carr's death and calling him “the finest media reporter of his generation.”



Carr joined the Times in 2002, after stints at The Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine. He had also previously worked at the Washington City Paper and was editor of The Twin Cities Reader.

In 2008, Carr wrote a book, “The Night of the Gun,” which dealt with his struggle with drug addiction.

He is survived by his wife, Jill, and three children.