Andy Rooney Dies at 92

Entertainment Nov. 5, 2011 AT 10:06AM
Andy Rooney Dies at 92

Farewell, Andy Rooney.

The veteran 60 Minutes newsman -- who wrapped his run on the CBS show October 2 -- passed away Friday in a New York City hospital, the network confirms. He was 92.

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Rooney had been hospitalized late last month after suffering serious complications from a minor surgery, and remained there until his death.

Known for his wry humor, Rooney contributed 1,097 essays for CBS' Sunday night newsmagazine, focusing his final essay on his "lucky life."

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"I've done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I've complained about, I can't complain about my life," said Rooney, who first appeared on the program in 1978. "All this time I've been paid to say what is on my mind on television. You don't get any luckier in life than that."

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Spending more than 60 years at CBS, Rooney wrote for television since its inception, and also worked behind the scenes as a producer.

"It's a sad day at 60 Minutes and for everybody here at CBS News," Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of 60 Minutes, said in a statement Saturday. "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."

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Pre-deceased by his wife of 62 years, Marguerite, in 2004, Rooney is survived by his four children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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