(Reuters) - New York Times media columnist David Carr died at the newspaper's office on Thursday, the paper reported. He was 58.
Carr penned the widely read Media Equation column that appeared in the Monday business section and focused on "media as it intersects with business, culture and government," according to his biography on the New York Times website. He was also a general assignment reporter for the paper's culture section.
The Times did not provide a cause of death.
Carr joined the New York Times in 2002 covering the magazine publishing industry, after working as a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly and New York magazine, the paper said.
Earlier in his career, Carr was editor of the alternative Washington D.C. weekly, Washington City Paper, the Times said. In 2000, he joined Inside.com, a news site about the publishing industry.
Carr's memoir, "The Night of the Gun," which centered on his past struggles with drug addiction, was published in 2008 by Simon and Schuster, the paper said.
He lived in Montclair, New Jersey, and is survived by his wife Jill Rooney Carr and his three children.
Carr is the second major force in U.S. journalism to die in the past two days.
On Wednesday, Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car accident in New York City at the age of 73. Simon's decades-long career included covering major overseas conflicts and surviving Iraqi prison.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Kim Coghill and Paul Tait)