Big Tim Russert died today, way too young for such a talented and gregarious journalist and gentleman. Apparently, Russert paused mid-narration and died of a heart attack.
The most extraordinary thing about him was that he just had such unparalleled empathy for whoever he was talking with. You never had the feeling he was trying to get somebody, he just wanted to get them to talk and wanted to get the record straight and his emotional self was as strong as his intellect. As a journalist there was such a strength of his person who everyone who knew him knew. He was just beloved. - Doris Kearns GoodwinGo Bills.
Russert's NYT obit