Cancer caused David Carr’s death: autopsy

New York Times media columnist David Carr died unexpectedly on Thursday night. We now know that complications from his lung cancer was the cause, according to the results of an autopsy released on Saturday.

The 58-year-old was a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Carr died of complications of metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung, according to the office of the chief medical examiner of New York City, which conducted the autopsy. Heart disease was a contributing factor, according to the medical examiner.

Carr collapsed near his desk in the Times’ midtown Manhattan offices just before 9PM Thursday. He received cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was taken to St. Luke’s Rossevelt Hospital in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, where he was pronounced dead.

A Friday memorial at the Times’ newsroom drew a crowd rivaling that for the annual Pulitzer Prize winners announcement.

Source: The New York Times


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