Best of 2008

Gone Too Soon: Stars We Lost in 2008

PEOPLE.com says goodbye to the celebs who left an indelible mark. By Cara Lynn Shultz

TIM RUSSERT

Shortly after a family vacation in Rome with son Luke and wife Maureen, the Meet the Press host and NBC Washington bureau chief died on June 13. Russert, who was 58, went into sudden cardiac arrest after collapsing in his office. "This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice," Tom Brokaw announced in an NBC bulletin on the afternoon of his death. Said son Luke, 22, at his father's funeral, "My dad was my best friend."



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