“60 Minutes” Bob Simon departs via car wreck
Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, who covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday. He was 73.
A town car in which Simon was a passenger hit another car in Manhattan, police said. Simon and the town car’s driver were taken to a hospital, where Simon was pronounced dead.
Simon was among a handful of elite journalists to cover most major overseas conflicts and news stories since the late 1960s, CBS said. He covered stories including the Vietnam War and the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma” in a career spanning five decades.
Simon had been contributing to “60 Minutes” on a regular basis since 1996. He also was a correspondent for “60 Minutes II.”
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