Bob Simon of 60 Minutes died in a car crash in NYC tonight, Feb. 11. He was 73-years-old.
The legendary journalist was in a town car when he reportedly lost control and rear ended another vehicle, before crashing into a median, 'CBS News' reports.
Bob was rushed to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital where he sadly passed away. The 23-year-old driver in the other car was unharmed.
Bob on '60 Minutes.' (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In a statement, '60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager said:
"It's a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News. It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times. Bob was a reporter's reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable. There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at '60 Minutes' will miss him very much."
The award-winning newsman's career kicked off in the mid-60s. He became famous for his overseas reporting, as well as coverage of many wars including the Gulf War in 1991. He and his crew were captured by Iraqis at the time. He later documented the experience in his book, 'Forty Days.'
He is survived by his wife, Françoise Simon, and daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for '60 Minutes.'