Damon Weaver, who at age 11 turned one of many youngest individuals to interview a sitting president and later gained consideration for scoring different high-profile interviews with celebrities comparable to Dwyane Wade and Oprah Winfrey, died on May 1. He was 23.
The demise was confirmed by Candace Hardy, Mr. Weaver’s sister. She told WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., that her brother had texted her whereas she was at work that he was within the hospital. By the time she went to see him, he had already died, she mentioned.
In 2009, Mr. Weaver, then 11, conducted a sit-down interview with President Barack Obama within the Diplomatic Room of the White House, questioning him on matters just like the Obama administration’s efforts to enhance schooling in lower-income areas comparable to Mr. Weaver’s hometown, Pahokee, Fla., and Mr. Obama’s basketball expertise.
“You did a great job at this interview, so someone must be doing something right at that school,” Mr. Obama instructed Mr. Weaver after the 11-year-old prolonged an invite to return go to him at Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary School in South Florida.
Before 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 line with his funeral announcement. His sister instructed WPTV that Mr. Weaver was “a light” and “the life of the party.” According to the station, Mr. Weaver graduated from highschool with a full scholarship to Albany State University in Georgia. He graduated from the college in 2020, in line with a submit on his Instagram web page.
“Everybody just couldn’t wait to be around him,” Ms. Hardy instructed WPTV. “Family gatherings, they were always fun just because of his presence.”
Information about Mr. Weaver’s survivors was not instantly accessible.
Mr. Weaver additionally lined Mr. Obama’s inauguration because the forty fourth president for his college’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 liked seeing people on TV, so I thought that I could do that job one day,” Mr. Weaver mentioned. “I like being a reporter because you get to learn a lot of things, you get to meet nice people and you get to travel a lot.”
Mr. Weaver mentioned that his favourite topics at school at the time had been studying and math and that he had targets of turning into a journalist in the future and possibly even a soccer participant, an astronaut or president.
“I’m very proud of him,” Regina Weaver, Mr. Weaver’s mom, instructed The A.P. “I never imagined that this project would go as far as it has gone.”