As a political junkie this is news that really shakes me. As a person, it saddens me deeply. Russert was clearly a man devoted to his family. He honored his heritage and took brave, huge steps in being one of the very best in his profession.
That he was loathed equally by conservatives and liberals alike -- and loved by them as a result -- speaks volumes of his journalistic professionalism. What a loss.
Rest in peace, Tim. You are greatly admired and will be missed.