NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Legendary CBS newsman and founding “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace has died at the age of 93.
Wallace died Saturday night surrounded by family at the Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn., said CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco. He also had a home in Manhattan.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace. His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS,” Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS said in a statement.
Wallace is best known for his work on “60 Minutes,” but his long career includes stints as a game show host, actor and radio host.
He became a fulltime journalist for CBS in 1963.
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He retired as a regular correspondent in 2006, but appeared occasionally on “60 Minutes” until heart surgery slowed him down in 2008.
His last appearance on television was on Jan. 6, 2008 when he interviewed Roger Clemens.
At the age of 89, he won his 21st Emmy for his 2006 interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“All of us at CBS News and particularly at ’60 Minutes’ owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ’60 Minutes.’ There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV. We loved him and we will miss him very much,” Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes” said in a statement.
A special “60 Minutes” broadcast dedicated to Wallace will air on Sunday, April 15.
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