Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon died Wednesday night at the age of 73 in a car crash in New York City. The CBS News correspondent, who won 27 Emmy awards for his work as a reporter, was a passenger in a Lincoln Town Car livery cab.
The cab lost control and rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz and then plowed into a pedestrian median near 30th Street on the West Side Highway in Manhattan. Simon was rushed to the nearby St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the livery cab was treated for minor injuries at another hospital, while the driver of the Mercedes was unharmed. An investigation into the accident is reportedly underway.
"It's a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News," 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager, said in a statement. "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," Fager said. "There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much."
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) February 12, 2015
Eloquent, fabled war correspondent Bob Simon dies in NYC car crash -just saw his 60 Minutes report on "Selma" http://t.co/YxjcV9C2o2
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) February 12, 2015
Always proud to be asked if I was related to Bob Simon. Alas, no. But I saw him in Grenada, Iraq, & learned. Indomitable.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) 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
So sorry to learn of the passing of Bob Simon. He was a great reporter & wonderful man. A frequent guest of mine. So sorry to hear this. RIP
— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 12, 2015
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 12, 2015
Had the pleasure of speaking with Bob Simon before the #Newsroom Season 1 Premiere in NYC. R.I.P., Sir.
— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) February 12, 2015
Gutted to hear the news about Bob Simon. An absolute master of his craft.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 12, 2015
CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015 - CBS News ... What a shame. Great reporter. http://t.co/r5GUuGixC7
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 12, 2015
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 12, 2015