Damon Weaver, the child/student reporter who gained national acclaim when he interviewed President Obama at the White House in 2009 has died at age 23, his family announced.
Damon Weaver died May 1, his sister, Candace Hardy, told the Palm Beach Post. Further details were not released. He had been studying communications at Albany State University in Georgia.
He died unexpectedly, his sister, Candace Hardy, also told WPTV-Ch. 5. “I actually just got to work and my brother texted me and told me he was at the hospital, and by the time I got there from where I was, he had already passed away.”
The cause of death has not been released. Hardy told the Palm Beach Post, that her brother died of natural causes.
Damon Weaver was 11 when he interviewed Obama for 10 minutes in the Diplomatic Room on Aug. 13, 2009; asking questions that focused primarily on education. He covered school lunches, bullying, conflict resolution and how to succeed.
Weaver then asked Obama to be his “homeboy,”; saying then-Vice President Joe Biden had already accepted his request.
“Absolutely,” a smiling Obama said, shaking the boy’s hand.
He used that meeting to later interview Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson and athletes such as Dwyane Wade.
“He was just a nice person, genuine, very intelligent,” Hardy said. “Very outspoken, outgoing. He never said no to anybody.”
Weaver got his start in fifth grade when he volunteered for the school newscast at K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary in a farm community on the shores of Lake Okeechobee.
“Damon was the kid who ran after me in the hall to tell me he was interested,” his teacher, Brian Zimmerman, told the Post in 2016. “And right away, I just saw the potential for the way he was on camera. You could see his personality come through. He wasn’t nervous being on camera.”