Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam passed away today from injuries sustained in a car accident in California.

One of Halberstam’s projects in recent years was of course the book The Education of a Coach on Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Through the Patriots media relations department, Belichick offered this statement:

“It was a privilege and honor to watch David practice his craft and an even greater one to call him a friend. David was as warm, considerate, intelligent, interesting and accomplished a person as I have ever met and his loss is heartbreaking.”

Halberstam was currently on working on a book on NFL hall of famer Y.A. Tittle.

Wikipedia entry on Halberstam.
San Jose Mercury News Report
San Francisco Chronicle Report
2005 BSMW Media Blitz Interview with Halberstam.