POSTED BY STUART LEVINE

Life can be so freakin’ fleeting.

I know I’m supposed to be a hardened journalist and not let news — both good and bad — affect me, but I can’t help but feel devasted by the sudden and tragic loss of Tim Russert., who was only 58 years old.Russert2_2

There’s an old adage that we feel a special connection to people we see on television all the time. Much more so than in film, as those on TV are in our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and everywhere else we watch.

And even more than that, Russert was on in the mornings on the "Today" show, in the afternoons occasionally as a political analyst on MSNBC, in the evenings on "Nightly News With Brian Williams" and then Saturdays on his conversational talkshow and, of course, the political big daddy, "Meet the Press" on every Sunday ayem.

What a tragedy. I still can’t believe he’s gone.

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