David Carr Dies: New York Times Columnist Dead at 58

February 12, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

David Carr, the New York Times media critic, has died on Thursday night, according to reports. He was 58.

The New York Times confirmed that he died at the Times’ office in Manhattan.

“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,” it reads. “Mr. Carr lived in Montclair, N.J., with his wife, Jill Rooney Carr, an event planner, and their daughter Maddie. He also has two twin daughters, Erin and Meagan,” the paper also wrote. 

The New York Times posted an archive of all 1,776 articles that Carr wrote. His last one was published Thursday.

More information about his death was not made immediately available.

Carr spent most of his career writing about media, and joined the New York Times in 2002 as a business reporter. 

He also taught at Boston University, starting last year.

Thomas Fiedler, dean of the College of Communication at Boston University, told the Boston Globe: “This is a terrible blow, first and foremost to his family.”

“What an extraordinary talent and a remarkable human being,” Fiedler said. “He was generous, kind, smart, funny, and we have felt so fortunate that he had decided to start what we hoped would be a long association with Boston University. … This is a terrible, terrible thing to have happened.” 

Carr recently spoke about  NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ admission that he made up bits of an Iraq war story before he was suspended for six months. 

“I think to begin with, everyone including Brian thought he was maybe too big to fail — number one anchor, almost 10 million viewers. Turns out, he’s not the most important thing,” Carr said on “CBS This Morning.” “The credibility of the news division had to be protected under all circumstances, and his path back to that chair is uncertain.”

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