Sad news: Tim Russert dead

Matt May/Getty Images for Meet the Press Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, died of a heart attack this afternoon right here in Washington. He was 58 and had just returned from a family trip to Italy to celebrate his son’s college graduation. Election 2008 will not be the same without him.

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TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Moderator Tim Russert interviews Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during a taping of 'Meet the Press' on January 27, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. Sen. McCain spoke about his campaign ahead of the January 29 primary elections in Florida. (Photo by Matt May/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

Matt May/Getty Images for Meet the Press

Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, died of a heart attack this afternoon right here in Washington. He was 58 and had just returned from a family trip to Italy to celebrate his son's college graduation. Election 2008 will not be the same without him.

Matt May/Getty Images for Meet the Press

Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, died of a heart attack this afternoon right here in Washington. He was 58 and had just returned from a family trip to Italy to celebrate his son’s college graduation. Election 2008 will not be the same without him.

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