Morley Safer, the longest-serving reporter in 60 Minutes history has passed away at the age of 84.
No cause of death was given, but Morley only retired from the longstanding CBS show last week after working for the show for 46 years!
The reporter originally joined the news program in 1970, only two years after it launched, and worked there ever since.
Safer contributed to over 919 reports over the years and after retiring last week due to poor health, 60 Minutes aired a special hour-long career retrospective last Sunday!
CNN anchor and 60 Minutes contributor Anderson Cooper remembered Morley fondly, saying:
“He was an extraordinary writer and reporter, and a true gentleman. From his work during the War in Vietnam to his completely unique and evocative pieces for 60 Minutes, he set the standard for what we all want to be as journalists. His kind shall not pass this way again.”
When the veteran newsman announced his retirement, he released a statement saying:
“It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air.”
Morley will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to all those affect by his passing.
If you want to see a snipped of Safer’s career, check out a spot CBS This Morning did (below):
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