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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 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.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.
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