Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 6:59 a.m.
Nguyen Huy Vu, one of the most beloved, award-winning reporters in OC Weekly history, is on artificial life support tonight in a Los Angeles County hospital and, according to doctors, isn't expected to survive.
The 34-year-old, who was my ambitious, idealistic first intern nearly 10 years ago, collapsed during a Mother's Day soccer game after scoring a goal, suffered cardiac arrest and has not regained consciousness.
Vu--who also worked at the Orange County Register, Seattle Times, Nguoi Viet, Associated Press and, at the time of his collapse, the Daily Breeze--was a determined journalist, fun-loving character and the person who taught me how to eat pho. He'd married about six months ago and was, according to his parents, happier than ever.
"I can't believe my son is gone," said Vu's father, a decorated former South Vietnamese air force fighter pilot. "It's not right when parents out live a son."
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly