Damon Weaver, who at age 11 turned one of many youngest individuals to interview a sitting president, and who later gained consideration for scoring different high-profile interviews with celebrities like Dwyane Wade and Oprah Winfrey, died on Could 1. He was 23.
The demise was confirmed by Candace Hardy, Mr. Weaver’s sister. The trigger was not made identified.
Ms. Hardy told WPTV-TV in West Palm Seaside, Fla., that her brother had texted her whereas she was at work that he was within the hospital. By the point she went to see him, she mentioned, he had already died.
In 2009, Mr. Weaver, then 11, conducted a sit-down interview with President Barack Obama within the Diplomatic Room of the White Home, questioning him on matters together with the Obama administration’s efforts to enhance schooling in lower-income areas like Mr. Weaver’s hometown, Pahokee, Fla., and Mr. Obama’s basketball expertise.
“You probably did an incredible job at this interview, so somebody have to be doing one thing proper at that college,” Mr. Obama advised Mr. Weaver after the 11-year-old prolonged an invite to come back go to him at Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Level Elementary College in South Florida.
Earlier than his assembly with Mr. Obama, Mr. Weaver gained sizable consideration from an interview in 2008 with Joseph R. Biden Jr., then Mr. Obama’s working mate.
Damon Lazar Weaver Jr. was born on April 1, 1998, in response to his funeral announcement. His sister advised WPTV that Mr. Weaver was “a light-weight” and “the lifetime of the celebration.” In response to the station, Mr. Weaver graduated from highschool with a full scholarship to Albany State College in Georgia. He graduated from the college in 2020, in response to a put up on his Instagram web page.
“All people simply couldn’t wait to be round him,” Ms. Hardy advised WPTV. “Household gatherings, they had been at all times enjoyable simply due to his presence.”
Details about Mr. Weaver’s survivors was not instantly out there.
Mr. Weaver additionally coated Mr. Obama’s inauguration because the forty fourth president for his faculty’s tv information program, interviewing inauguration attendees and celebrities together with Ms. Winfrey and Samuel L. Jackson. In an interview with The Associated Press earlier than heading to Washington, Mr. Weaver highlighted what he loved most about being a reporter.
“I preferred seeing individuals on TV, so I believed that I might try this job at some point,” Mr. Weaver mentioned. “I like being a reporter since you get to be taught a number of issues, you get to satisfy good individuals and also you get to journey lots.”
Mr. Weaver mentioned that his favourite topics in class on the time had been studying and math, and that he had objectives of changing into a journalist at some point and possibly even a soccer participant, an astronaut or president.
“I’m very happy with him,” Regina Weaver, Mr. Weaver’s mom, advised The Related Press. “I by no means imagined that this challenge would go so far as it has gone.”