New York Times media columnist David Carr dies at age 58

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: David Carr speaks onstage at the The Future of Media: Boom or Bust in 2020? panel during AWXI on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for AWXI)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: New York Times Columnist David Carr attends the TimesTalks at The New School on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
This is how I'll remember @Carr2n. He looks like he's strangling me. He's actually about to kiss me on the cheek. http://t.co/aITn7Inlro
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Journalist David Carr attends a TimesTalks at TheTimesCenter on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: New York Times Columnist David Carr attends the TimesTalks at The New School on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Actor Chris Rock and journalist David Carr attend a TimesTalks at TheTimesCenter on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 08: Vice Co-Founder Shane Smith and The New York Times Columnist and Moderator David Carr speak onstage during '“Missing Ink: The New Journalism” at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 08: The New York Times Columnist and Moderator David Carr speak onstage during '“Missing Ink: The New Journalism” at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Columnist David Carr and actor/director Chris Rock attend a conversation at TheTimesCenter on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 08: Vice Co-Founder Shane Smith and The New York Times Columnist and Moderator David Carr speak onstage during '“Missing Ink: The New Journalism” at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: David Carr, Linda Boff, Baba Shetty and Paul Rossi attend the The Future of Media: Boom or Bust in 2020? panel during AWXI on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for AWXI)
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DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: In this handout image supplied by Sportsfile, David Carr, Journalist and Author, The New York Times speaks on stage during Day 3 of the 2014 Web Summit at the RDS on November 6, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Barry Cronin / SPORTSFILE via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Linda Boff, Baba Shetty and David Carr speak onstage at the The Future of Media: Boom or Bust in 2020? panel during AWXI on October 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for AWXI)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 10: David Carr, Columnist/Reporter The New York Times speaks onstage at 'Do Algorithms Dream of Viral Content?' during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jon Shapley/Getty Images for SXSW)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Constance Zimmer and Journalist David Carr attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2014 Golden Globes After Party presented by Bombardier, FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier, Marie Claire and Yucaipa Films at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) General Partner at Spark Capital Bijan Sabet, journalist David Carr, and Tumblr founder David Karp attend the New York Times 2013 DealBook Conference in New York at the New York Times Building on November 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for The New York Times)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Media columnist David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column for The New York Times and penned a memoir about his fight with drug addiction, collapsed at his office and died on Thursday. He was 58.

Just hours before his death he had moderated a "Times Talks" conversation with Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald about the documentary "Citizenfour," which chronicles Snowden's leak of National Security Agency documents. Carr, engaged as always, drew them out with pointed questions and wry observations to speak candidly about the film.

Carr joined the Times in 2002 as a business reporter, covering magazine publishing. His Media Equation column appeared in the Monday business section. It focused on issues of media in relation to business, culture and government, said the Times, which confirmed his death.

Carr, who lived in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and their daughter and had two other children, also wrote "The Night of the Gun," a 2008 memoir about addiction and recovery.

The book, published by Simon and Schuster, traces Carr's rise from cocaine addict to single dad raising twin girls to sobered-up media columnist for the Times.

Carr said he wrote up a book proposal "on a dare to myself" in two days. After an agent sold the idea, Carr ended up interviewing about 60 people and working on the book for three years. He took the transcribed interviews, numerous documents and pictures to his family's cabin in the Adirondacks, where he wrote the book.

Comedian and actor Tom Arnold, who started his standup career in Minneapolis, was pals with Carr on the city's party circuit in the 1980s and is featured in the book. In a 2008 interview, Arnold called Carr's story redemptive.

"He did some outrageous things, and he did some horrible things, and yet that's not who he is. ... But that's what drugs will do to you," Arnold said. "He survived, and people can survive."

In the book, Carr doesn't flinch from describing his arrests (including one for punching a taxi driver), his trips to rehab (five times) and his bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Carr's rise in journalism paralleled his recovery from drug addiction. After stints helming the Twin Cities Reader, a Minneapolis-based alternative weekly, and the Washington City Paper, an alternative weekly in D.C., Carr went on to gigs writing for Inside.com, an online media news website co-founded by Spy magazine co-founder Kurt Andersen, and New York and The Atlantic Monthly magazines before landing at The New York Times.

"I've always thought it (the Times) was a magnificent thing to read and look at," Carr once said. "I just never pictured the likes of me working here."

Last year, Carr began teaching a Boston University class that explored the creative business models to support digital journalism. It was among the first professorships dedicated to evaluating how media organizations can sustain themselves financially as readers and advertisers migrate to digital platforms, a crisis that has doomed some news organizations and threatens the viability of others.

Carr had written about the issue extensively.

"I think a lot of journalism education that is going on is broadly not preparing kids for the world that they are stepping into," Carr told The Boston Globe.

The dean of the College of Community at Boston University, Thomas Fiedler, told the Globe he was saddened by Carr's death, which he called "a terrible blow."

"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."

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