The New York Times on Thursday confirmed that David Carr, writer of the paper’s Media Equation column, died in the office at the age of 58. He was also author of the drug addiction memoir “The Night of the Gun,” published in 2008.

So how does BuzzFeed fit into the story? Many seemed to think the site was a little too anxious to be first with the news of Carr’s death.

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However, Claudia Koerner, the reporter who wrote of Carr’s death for BuzzFeed, had confirmed the news with the Times.

To be fair to BuzzFeed, the news was out there, just before the higher-ups at the Times had assumed it would be.

Shocked staffers found the terrible news difficult to keep to themselves.

Once the reality of the news set in, praise for Carr and his work began flooding into social media.