Andy Rooney Dies Aged 92

November 6, 2011 by staff 

Andy Rooney Dies Aged 92, Andy Rooney, the “60 Minutes” commentator known for his wry television essays, died Friday night at age 92.Rooney died in a New York City hospital from complications following minor surgery, CBS reports.

“It’s a sad day at ’60 Minutes’ and for everybody here at CBS News,” said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “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 had announced on Oct. 2 that he would no longer appear regularly on “60 minutes.” The announcement came during his 1,097th essay, titled “My Lucky Life.”

Rooney, who preferred to be known as a writer, spent more than 60 years at CBS, 30 of them as a writer and producer, before becoming a television personality – a role he said he was never comfortable in, according to CBS.

In addition to his “60 Minutes” essays, Rooney penned best-selling books and had a national newspaper column.

“60 Minutes” announced early Saturday it will air a special tribute to Rooney at the end of Sunday’s telecast at 7 p.m. on CBS. The segment will be lead by Morley Safer.

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