David Carr, culture reporter and media columnist for The New York Times.
Stephen Chernin—AP
By Rishi Iyengar
February 13, 2015

Correction appended, Feb. 13

David Carr, the veteran New York Times journalist and writer of the newspaper’s much loved Media Equation column, died on Thursday after collapsing in the newsroom.

The 58-year-old journalist joined the Times in 2002 as a business reporter covering the magazine industry, and had been writing extensively about the state of the media and its evolution since then. He also published a book titled The Night of the Gun in 2008, a memoir that documented his recovery from drug addiction.

He had previously worked as a contributing writer to the Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine, and was also a media writer for Inside.com.

Read More: TIME’s 2008 review of The Night of the Gun

Carr’s impact on the media industry and its people was evidenced by an outpouring of condolence and support on social media — not just from his own colleagues but from journalists around the world — following the announcement of his death.

Carr is survived by his wife Jill, a Shake Shack executive, and three daughters.

Hours before his sudden death, Carr interviewed whistleblower Edward Snowden via satellite link along with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras about their Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour. Watch Carr’s final interview below.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the job held by David Carr’s wife. She is international operations manager for Shake Shack.

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