It’s a sad day for the world of news. Bob Simon, an acclaimed and longtime correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes, is dead. The legendary news veteran was killed in a car accident on Wednesday, February 11th, at the age of 73. The tragedy was confirmed by 60 Minutes.
Simon was riding in the back seat of a town car that lost control on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, when his driver struck a Mercedes, and then struck the middle barrier of the highway. Simon was rushed to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital where he died. The driver of the town car was also taken to the hospital, but with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver of the Mercedes was unharmed.
The acclaimed journalist, who worked for CBS News for over 45 years, achieved numerous awards throughout his career including 27 Emmy awards. He was an American Foreign Service officer from 1964 to 1967 and covered many war zones from Vietnam to the former Yugoslavia. At the end of his stint in Saigon in the 1970’s he was on one of the last helicopters out of the city.
Simon is survived by his wife Françoise Simon and daughter Tanya, a producer for 60 Minutes.
CBS News Chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager gave a statement: “It is a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who worked with Simon on 60 Minutes also shared his thoughts and feelings: “Bob was for the last five decades simply one of the best, in my opinion, at getting a story, telling a story, writing a story and making it simply unforgettable.”
Numerous celebrities and journalists have been expressing their sadness over the tragedy.