Bob Simon, a longtime 60 Minutes correspondent and CBS News foreign reporter, died in a car accident in New York City on Wednesday night, CBS News reported. He was 73.
Sources tell The New York Post that Simon was riding in a Lincoln Town Car when it crashed into a Mercedes, lost control and hit a pedestrian expansion near 30th Street. Simon was then taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he died. The drivers suffered minor injuries.
Simon was an award-winning newsman who joined CBS in 1967, with his time on 60 Minutes beginning in 1996. In his five-decade long career, he covered stories across the globe, including the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, during which he spent 40 days in an Iraq jail. In 2012, he won his fourth Peabody award for his story from on the only all-black symphony in the world, while his 2013 story about an orchestra in Paraguay who made their out of trash won him his 27th Emmy. He also contributed to CBS’ Olympics coverage.
In a statement Wednesday night, 60 Minutes executive producer Jeffrey Fager said “it’s a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News.
“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,” Fager said. “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. There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at ‘60 Minutes’ will miss him very much.”
Simon is survived by his wife, Françoise, and their daughter, Tanya.