Autopsy Shows That David Carr Died of Lung Cancer

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Liam Neeson & Joe Carnahan interviewed by David Carr at Times Talks in the Times Center, New York City on 1/17/2012
Photo: Walter McBride/Corbis

The cause of the beloved journalist’s unexpected death earlier this week was lung cancer. The New York Times reports that, “According to the office of the chief medical examiner of New York City, which conducted an autopsy, Mr. Carr died of complications of metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung. Heart disease was a contributing factor, the medical examiner said.” A Times spokesperson declined to comment on whether the newspaper was aware of Carr’s illness.