Only a few weeks after announcing his retirement from his long-running gig as 60 Minutes' cynically-witted host, 92-year-old Andy Rooney died after complications following minor surgery. In a statement, CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager said, “It’s a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News. It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”
Rooney, who penned the praised CBS News specials "Of Black America," was often cited as never wanting to refer to himself as a television talking head, but simply a writer. And that he was, but not in the simplistic sense. As an award-winning journalist, Rooney has won numerous Emmys, authored several booked, copped the coveted Peabody Award, in addition to scrpting, producing and starring in several game-changing television specials. Salute him.