Veteran reporter Eric Mink struck by heart problem at Press Club event

Celebration turned to concern Wednesday night at a St. Louis Press Club banquet in Maryland Heights, when veteran journalist Eric Mink passed out on stage and was taken away by ambulance. Mink, who worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 22 years, said he apparently suffered an attack of atrial fibrillation about 7:30 p.m. at the Edward Jones-North Campus facility. Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, according to the American Heart Association. Mink, who also worked for the New York Daily News in the 1990s, was one of the press club’s five honorees as a “media person of the year.” He was being interviewed on stage by KSDK (Channel 5) news anchor Mike Bush when, according to several people in the audience, his head rolled back and he appeared unconscious. Club president Bill Greenblatt, who was the event’s emcee, said paramedics from the Maryland Heights Fire Protection District took Mink to a nearby hospital. “I’m fine now, just a little embarrassed,” Mink said Thursday from his hospital room. “I’m waiting for some test results. Then they’ll give me some medication and I’ll be fine.” Mink joked that the attack came at a most inconvenient time. “I didn’t get to finish my stories about the many times I crossed swords with (TV personality) Geraldo Rivera,” Mink said. “And I never even got to my stories about (Fox News honchos) Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes.” Said Mink, “I guess… [Read full story]

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