Famed political commentator and Meet the Press host Tim Russert died Friday afternoon after collapsing at the NBC news bureau.


Russert, who was NBC's Washington bureau chief, was 58 years old.

The cause of death appeared to be a sudden heart attack. He reportedly collapsed in NBC's Washington studio while recording a segment on the presidential race.

Longtime NBC anchor Tom Brokaw choked up as he delivered the news around 3:40 p.m. eastern time Friday.

"This was one of the most important years in Tim's life for so many reasons," Brokaw said. "He loved this political campaign. He worked to the point of exhaustion so many weeks."

One of the most recognizable faces in journalism, Russert was a force in analyzing the political scene and relished in covering presidential campaigns. His became famous for calling up old quotes from politicians during interviews on Meet the Press.

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This video is from MSNBC, broadcast June 13, 2008.

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