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Kid Reporter Damon Weaver, Who Interviewed Obama At White House, Has Died At 23

WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Damon Weaver, who was only 11-years-old when he interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009, has died of natural causes.

Weaver, 23, 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.

Weaver interviewed Obama for 10 minutes in the Diplomatic Room on August 13th, 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.

"Absolutely," a smiling Obama said, shaking the boy's hand.

The interview gained national acclaim and he went on to later interview Oprah Winfrey and athletes like 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."

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