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Longtime CBS correspondent Bob Simon, 73 died in a car crash in New York City. Simon was a passenger in a livery cab when it hit a Mercedes on the West Side Highway on Wednesday evening (February 11). Simon was not wearing a seat belt as he sat in the back of the cab. Speed is said to be a factor in the accident.
CBS News President David Rhodes released a statement on the death of Simon, “Bob Simon was a giant of broadcast journalism, and a dear friend to everyone in the CBS News family. We are all shocked by this tragic, sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s extended family and especially with our colleague Tanya Simon.”
60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff also 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. 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.”
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