How Tim Russert Saved My Life

Broadcaster's death alerted man to his own heart attack
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2008 8:53 AM CDT
Tim Russert's recent death led one man to go to the hospital, saving his life.   (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
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(Newser) – TV producer Michael Bicks considered himself pretty healthy for a 50-something guy. But lying in bed to recover from an unusually exhausting bike ride, his thoughts turned to Tim Russert, who died of a heart attack with no forewarning. Hours later, Bicks was on an operating table for a stent implantation—having quite possibly cheated death.

"Like almost every middle-age man, I had taken a very personal interest" in Russert's death, Bicks writes in the New York Times. Like Russert, Bicks had suffered a heart attack without noticing: in his case, a bit of plaque in an artery had developed into a massive blood clot. "Because at the right moment I thought of Tim Russert," says Bicks, "I am one of the lucky ones."