Tim Russert, the host of popular NBC show “Meet the Press” and a board member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, collapsed and died at work on Friday after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 58.
Russert was elected to the Hall’s Board of Directors in 2003.
He sat on the Board with Hall of Fame players Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Robin Roberts and Tom Seaver, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, Cardinals general partner Bill DeWitt and Royals owner David Glass.
On the afternoon of June 13, 2008, while recording voiceovers for the Sunday Edition of Meet the Press, Russert collapsed at the offices of WRC-TV, which houses the Washington, D.C. bureau of of NBC News where he was the bureau chief. Despite immediate attempts at resuscitation by EMS and transportation to Sibley Memorial Hospital, Russert never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead a short time later. News of his death was reported live on NBC, CNBC, and MSNBC by Tom Brokaw. He had just returned from a family vacation in Italy, where he went to celebrate his son’s graduation from Boston College.