Bob Simon, the 60 Minutes mainstay whose gentlemanly-but-stern TV reporting was among CBS News' enduring signatures for decades, died Wednesday night in New York City after a livery cab accident. He was 73.
The New York Daily News reported that Simon was rushed to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, where doctors were unable to save him. Simon was a passenger in the cab on Manhattan's West Side Highway when it rear-ended another vehicle and then crashed into a center median near 30th Street, according to the Daily News.
Simon's staccato voice had become an unmistakeable part of countless Americans' Sunday evenings since he joined 60 Minutes in 1996. He started working for CBS as a correspondent in London during 1969, and remained with the network through the rest of his career, including stops in Saigon (Vietnam War coverage), Tel Aviv, Washington, D.C., and eventually New York. Perhaps most notably, he covered the Iraq War in 1991 and was taken captive along with colleagues by Iraqi forces before being released 40 days later.
TVNewser reported that CBS aired a special bulletin about Simon's death at 10 p.m. ET, with CBS News anchor Scott Pelley giving an emotional account: "We have some sad news tonight from within our CBS News family. Our 60 Minutes colleague Bob Simon was killed this evening. It was a car accident in New York City… Bob's daughter, Tanya, is a talented producer for 60 Minutes, and tonight, our thoughts are with Tanya and Bob's family and his many, many friends. Our colleague, Bob Simon of 60 minutes, was 73 years old."
Journalism industry notables quickly took to Twitter to express their grief and appreciation for their longtime peer.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) February 12, 2015
Heartbreaking news about Bob Simon of @60Minutes, a brilliant writer and reporter and someone I admired deeply.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 12, 2015
Bob Simon's writing and storytelling were the best of what tv journalism can be. He leaves a huge void. My prayers are w his family and CBS
— David Gregory (@davidgregory) February 12, 2015
An incredibly poignant reminder of true bravery in network news. RIP Bob Simon http://t.co/DInXbqY5Im
— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) February 12, 2015
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) February 12, 2015
My heart goes out to Bob's family. I worked with him. True journalist. http://t.co/lDqJCkENsP
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) February 12, 2015
Never met Bob Simon but wish I had. Loved his reports, loved his style. Truly, one of the greats of TV journalism.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 12, 2015