So sad. Morley Safer, who reported on ’60 Minutes’ for 46 years, has sadly died at the age of 84. The heartbreaking news comes just over one week after he announced his retirement.
Morley Safer is dead at the age of 84. The news reporter is best known for his longtime work on 60 Minutes, and so far, no cause of death has been revealed.
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“After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes, I have decided to retire,” Morley said in a press release. “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, but most of all I thank the millions of people who have been loyal to our broadcast.”
It was not made clear in Morley’s statement whether or not an illness had anything to do with his decision to leave the show, and so far, no cause of death has been confirmed. However, the timing is obviously interesting, and we hope Morley was able to live his last days in peace. Get to know more about him here.
Shortly after the news broke, CBS released the following statement: “Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” said CBS Chairman and CEO, Leslie Moonves. “He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with 60 MINUTES. He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur – all of those things and much more to generations of colleagues, his legion of friends, and his family, to whom all of us at CBS offer our sincerest condolences over the loss of one of CBS’ and journalism’s greatest treasures.”
Morley has told dozens of memorable stories throughout his 46 years on the program, and has won 12 Emmys for his work on the show. He is survived by his wife Jane, who he married in 1968, and their daughter, Sarah, who graduated from Brown University in 1992 and now works as a freelance journalist. Our thoughts remain with them during this difficult time.
Are you shocked to hear of Morley’s death, HollywoodLifers?