[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/13/art.russert.gi.jpg caption="NBC News' Tim Russert."] (CNN) - Tim Russert, who became one of America's leading political journalists as the host of NBC's "Meet the Press," died Friday, according to the network. He was 58.
He collapsed and died at work, according to the network. He had just returned from a family vacation in Italy to celebrate the graduation of his son, Luke, from Boston College.
Russert joined the network in 1984 and quickly established himself as the face of the network's political coverage
You left us way too soon. We've enjoyed watching your program – you were honest and forthright.
Our condolences to the Russert family.
...and the games goes on.
Baseball! He loved the NYC teamsQ
Football! Bills – he loved you before anyone else.
I was shocked when I heard this news. I looked foward to MEET THE PRESS every sunday. Sundays will never be the same without you sir. Rest In Peace.
This is so sad. He will be missed.
I came to the US in 1981 and grew up watching Tim as he came up the ladder in the political sector of the broadcasting industry; watched his shows and think he is one of the best political moderators we have had. My most sincere condolences to his family and please know that he is greatly admired by people like me, who learned from his shows, interviews and moderator roles about this great country's political system. He will be greatly missed, as he is greatly loved and admired.
San Diego, CA
I am shocked at the demise of Tim Russert. He came into our home each and every Sunday.
We will miss him.
Tim Russert will be missed by all who cherished his Meet the Press and his many more contributions to journalism. It's very sad, indeed.
May God rest his soul in Peace!!
I am stunned! So saddened by the news regarding Mr. Russert. Tim was the driving force behind me getting involved in watching the Sunday Political news shows. I loved his show and his style of reporting. I am 45 and never could stomach watching any political news shows until Tim began his show. I have high respect and admiration for Mr. Russert and my heart goes out to his family; his wife and son and his father whom we all know as "Big Russ". I will keep the picture of him in my mind of when I saw Matt Lauer talking with Tim on "The Today Show" about the Democratic Presidential Champaign and Matt said, "Well Tim, looks like this is going to go on for a good while" and Tim got a big grin on his face and said, "Let's hope so I love it!!". Rest in peace Mr. Russert. Thanks for everything.
I'm still unable to pick my jaw off the floor. Fifty-eight is far too young for anyone to go. This is a tremendous tragedy, and as shocked as I am, my grief is incomparable to the enormous hole that must be left in the hearts of his family, friends, colleagues at NBC, and the rest of the media. Tim is one of the last in the great tradition of political journalists that would ask the tough questions and not let people off the hook for their spin. He was an example of the good that journalism can do when it does what it should, and I hope that in the coming days and weeks of this campaign, both sides of the political fence can recognize what a terrible loss this is for our country.
Tim Russert, we thank you for sharing your views.
What a horrible loss! We took him into our home every Sunday morning. We will miss him sorely.
Truth, Respect, Honor, Integrity. These are what Tim Russert was made of and what he sought from others in his reporting. He will be greatly missed from the world, this country and this election season. I fear that no others will even get close to ensuring that all of the right questions are asked, answered and made clear to the American people. This is a tremendous loss.
As an Obama supporter who felt that Tim was fair and unbiased I just want to say that I will miss you Tim. Your intelligence and good natured humor made you one of the best. My prayers go out to your family.
The great thing about Mr. Russert is that he treated everyone no matter what political party the same. He dealt with direct quotes by his guest with a no nonsense approach. He seemed like the most honest journalist on TV. You will be missed Mr. Russert. May God bless you and your family.
Meet the Press will not be the same without this great man. God Bless his beloved family.
I've already posted on the MSNBC blog, but will again say that I am so saddened by this news. Words escape me. You will be sorely missed Tim, and are irreplaceable. God Bless!!
Just curious as to why this is not at the top of the ticker, instead of the where is Hillary blog???