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A Celebration of the Life of Tim Russert

June 18, 2008 11:44 PM
by Cara McDonough
The “Meet the Press” host, who died suddenly at the age of 58 on Friday, June 13, is remembered at a funeral and memorial service in Washington, D.C.

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Russert collapsed and died of a heart attack in NBC’s Washington bureau Friday afternoon, causing a wave grief among journalists covering the story and fans mourning the loss of the man who had hosted “Meet the Press” for the past 17 years. 

When cameras opened on the set of Meet the Press on Sunday morning, Russert's empty chair was front and center.

A wake for Russert was held at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 17. Thousands of fans from around the country attended.

On Wednesday morning, June 18, a private funeral service was held in Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. The Russert family requested that political opponents sit together, and to "disavow the low tactics that distract Americans from the most important issues facing our country." 

On Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service was held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Russert's NBC colleague Tom Brokaw began the service by declaring "this is a celebration" and promising the service would be "Irish style."

Tim Russert's elementary school nun and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo spoke, and Bruce Springsteen performed live via satellite. But the most memorable performance was delivered in a eulogy by Russert's son, Luke.

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