New York: New York Times media columnist David Carr, a beloved and widely respected journalist who wrote a memoir about his struggles with addiction, died of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, New York City`s medical examiner said on Saturday.
Carr collapsed at the Times` offices on Thursday night and died at age 58. He was discovered unresponsive in the paper`s newsroom at 9 p.m. (0200 GMT) and was later pronounced dead, the Times said.
The medical examiner`s office concluded that Carr died of natural causes, including metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung, with hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease as contributing factors, said Julie Bolcer, a spokeswoman for the city agency.
In addition to his weekly column, Carr reported for the paper`s culture section and featured prominently in "Page One: Inside The New York Times," a 2011 documentary on the publication.
Carr`s memoir, "The Night of the Gun," which centered on his recovery from drug addiction, was published in 2008 by Simon and Schuster.
He was the second well-known U.S. journalist to have died suddenly in New York in the past two days.
On Wednesday, veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car accident on Manhattan`s West Side at the age of 73. Simon`s decades-long career included covering major overseas conflicts and surviving Iraqi prison.