David Carr, Minneapolis native and New York Times columnist, dies at 58

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New York Times columnist David Carr collapsed in his office Thursday and died at a nearby hospital, the newspaper reports. The Minneapolis native was 58.

Carr had written about the media industry for 25 years and his Media Equation column appeared weekly on the Times' business page.

He launched his journalism career in Minnesota, where he edited a weekly alternative newspaper, Twin Cities Reader, from 1993 to 1995.

In his 2008 memoir "The Night of the Gun," Carr used a journalistic approach in telling the story of his own drug addiction and recovery.

Much of what he describes in the book occurred in Minnesota. When it was published the Star Tribune wrote that during the 1980s and '90s Carr "...gave many Minnesotans a ride that most will never forget – leaving behind stories, smiles and bruises as they watched his roller-coaster life as a writer, drug abuser, confidant to the powerful and in-your-face media personality."

Before "The Night of the Gun" was published, Carr also wrote about his addiction in an essay in the New York Times Magazine.

Carr also taught a course on journalism in the digital era at Boston University.

Last November Carr weighed in on a culinary controversy when his newspaper was under fire from Minnesotans for declaring grape salad the state's iconic Thanksgiving dish.

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