David Broder, politics writer was 81 *

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post often called the dean of the Washington press corps, died Wednesday in Arlington, Va. of complications from diabetes. He was 81. Wash Post blog item, obit.

* Update: Mayor Villaraigosa put out a statement, after the jump:

Journalism lost one of its greats today with the passing of David Broder.

David was one of the most respected reporters of his time and a person who truly set the standard for political reporting.

Throughout his half-century in journalism, David never lost his hunger for chasing the story or digging for the truth lurking beneath the rhetoric and campaign slogans.

He was a tough but fair journalist and a man of unparalleled integrity who will be remembered as much for his character as his prolific body of work.

My thoughts and prayers go out to David's family and his colleagues around the world. Though we mourn his passing today, we take comfort in the fact that his legacy will define journalistic excellence for generations to come.

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