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Posted: 04.06.2003
So. Freakin'. Sad.
We didn't go to bed until 6 a.m. so I'm just getting up today. I guess you all know the news. I'm in too much shock to cry. I adored him. Pre-Iraq reporting even. Yeah, his hair was goofy. But he was smart. He knew his stuff. And he didn't come across like a pompous ass either. He was a damn fine reporter. And he was young. So young.

Out of respect for David and his family, I've yanked all of my entries about him. But I wanted to leave the comments up that I woke up to. Now I have to go sit in shock for awhile...

[I will miss you David] [you were one of the greats]

I combed the NBC site looking for a photo to jog my memory today and found nothing. This is the first photo I've seen of him all day. You'd think NBC would at least say, "We miss you."

credit: eden | 04.06.03 at 08:13 AM | link--this

NBC announced that David past away from a blood clot. He is survied by his wife and 3 daughters. My prayers go out to his family.


credit: Sean | 04.06.03 at 08:39 AM | link--this

was just going to reiterate what Sean posted. It just seem so surreal, one morning we are talking about his studliness, and the next he is gone. [sorry, Robyn,I hope this doesn't come off sounding bad, I am just taken by complete shock...]

credit: munin | 04.06.03 at 09:01 AM | link--this

I had just read your entry last night and so when I read the news this was the first place I came.

News blurb here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/nation/nationalsecurity/abroad/iraq/dispatches/

Bizarre and tragic way to go. At least it was a quick way to go....but no less jarring for his family and those that followed his reports. :(

credit: Schnee | 04.06.03 at 10:08 AM | link--this

Robyn, I'm really sorry about David. You were actually the first thing I thought of when I saw the report. :(

credit: Kimmie | 04.06.03 at 10:50 AM | link--this

Sad to think David is no longer with us. I've watched him for years on NBC. I pray for his wife and 3 young daughters.

credit: ursula | 04.06.03 at 11:57 AM | link--this

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

I'm so sorry, Robyn - I thought of you immediately when I heard. So ironic and so sad. :-(

¤ ¤ credit: Hey Lisa | 04.06.03 at 12:14 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I thought he was a good reporter as well. I watched part of the Today Show this morning and you could tell he would be missed. He was a one of a kind.

¤ ¤ credit: Phil | 04.06.03 at 01:46 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

That is SO sad :(

¤ ¤ credit: Sonia | 04.06.03 at 02:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Woah! I sleep 5 hours and I miss this? I had not even heard about it on any TV here yet. I think I'd better go run 2 miles to get my blood flowing properly. Scary and eerily ironic.

(personal note -- trip on hold until tomorrow b/c of weather)

¤ ¤ credit: Bad Kitty | 04.06.03 at 02:42 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I am in shock. I feel so bad for his family. He was so young and so very good at his work. Robyn, I think your post about David was the last thing I read before I went to bed last night. So, of course, you were the first person I thought of when I heard this sad news. You did the right thing.

Google News Search for David Bloom

¤ ¤ credit: Marie | 04.06.03 at 03:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I look at Todd, and my heart just freezes. David was 39. 39. That's only 9 short years away in our lives. He had a wife -- three daughters (the oldest two twins). And you know he had a million medical tests to even qualify to be embedded like that. You just never know... My heart breaks for his poor wife who you know was having a tough enough time just coping with the fact he was gone and on the front lines every day like this. I just don't know what to say...

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 04.06.03 at 03:15 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I was in total shock at the news. He was great. I loved watching him but never thought twice about him. I'm actually surprised at my reaction when I "turned on the war" this morning. I kept saying "but he was just on the other day... I just watched him the other day..." I felt like I knew him. His poor little girls.

¤ ¤ credit: Jen | 04.06.03 at 05:13 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I heard the news in the wee hours of the morning (we sleep with CNN or Fox on all night), and like a few other people have mentioned, one of the first things I thought about was how much it was going to suck when Robyn woke up and heard about it. Then I thought about the poor guy's family. And then I thought wow...I could just drop dead tomorrow, and I'd leave my wife and our baby behind. Or she could die tomorrow, and leave me trying to raise a kid alone. Scary. It kinda makes you realize how fragile life really is, and how important it is to make every moment count.

¤ ¤ credit: Dave | 04.06.03 at 05:49 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Sad, truely sad. My hear goes out to his family. Just Friday night I was talking to my friend Tim about the war and how David was the best reporter over in Iraq. I will definately miss his reports. MSNBC is doing a very nice tribute to him tonight. It great to see how all his collegues revered him. Too bad hes not around to see it.

¤ ¤ credit: jay | 04.06.03 at 08:52 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Like many others here, I immediately thought of Robyn when I heard the news. The tribute on MSNBC was quite nice to see, and I wasn't aware he had covered other newsworthy events for the NBC News group. It is rather sad to think that we were just watching him on a regular basis during the war and now he's gone.

I'll always remember watching him in awe as he was broadcasting live, sitting atop a tank support vehicle as the 3rd Infantry Division raced northward towards Baghdad. And at the risk of sounding presumptuous, somehow, I don't think he or his family would mind that either.

¤ ¤ credit: Koganuts | 04.06.03 at 09:59 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm so sorry Robyn... that is horrible. I feel so much sadness for his family. Stunned, I'm just stunned.

¤ ¤ credit: Angel | 04.06.03 at 10:22 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I've watched him closely since his days covering the White House for NBC (starting in '97, I believe). He was never afraid to get in someone's face and grill them -- a trait I very much admire.

The tribute on MSNBC was very nice. It sounds like he was admired and respected across the board. I hope they're able to save it for his girls one day.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 04.06.03 at 10:25 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I always kind of liked his goofy hair. Made him all the more endearing. How sad. And he left such a beautiful family behind...

¤ ¤ credit: Jenni | 04.06.03 at 11:34 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I cried. I can only hope that his last days were filled with exhilaration of doing the job he so loved. My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.

¤ ¤ credit: Robin | 04.07.03 at 06:53 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

You followed him alot longer than I have Robyn. I knew him well from the weeekend Today show but had never realized all his previous accomplishments. He definately was an asset to the media and to this country. I know he is already being missed by so many.

¤ ¤ credit: jay | 04.07.03 at 08:33 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Not much more to add to everyone else's comments... I've posted a brief one of my own on my blog. Scroll down a couple of posts to view it.

Wendy in Chicago

¤ ¤ credit: Wendy in Chicago | 04.07.03 at 11:01 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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