In His Prime

April 2003
People;4/21/2003, Vol. 59 Issue 15, p74
In the first two weeks of the U.S. war in Iraq, one of the most familiar faces from Iraq was NBC's David Bloom, his normally schoolboy-neat do whipped into disarray as he rode with the Third Infantry Division. That wind-in-the-hair gusto helped make Bloom, 39, a rising star of TV news. It also may have contributed to his death on April 6, 2003 of a pulmonary embolism--a blood clot in the lung, often originating in the leg, which can result from prolonged immobility. Before collapsing in the desert 25 miles south of Baghdad, he'd spent days cooped up in the armored reporting unit he helped design: a modified M88 tank recovery vehicle mounted with a camera that beamed images to a satellite truck nicknamed the "Bloommobile," allowing him to file stories while racing across the battlefield.


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