So sad. Bob was killed when the Lincoln Town Car he was riding in crashed into another vehicle on the West Side Highway in Manhattan on Feb. 11, according to a shocking new report. The veteran ’60 Minutes’ correspondent was 73.
Bob Simon, 73, a former war correspondent who joined 60 Minutes in 1996, tragically died when the Lincoln Town Car he was riding in crashed into a Mercedes, lost control, and plowed into a pedestrian area near 30th Street in New York City on Feb. 11, a new report claims. So heartbreaking.
Bob Simon Dead: ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Killed In Car Crash — Dies At 73
The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, 23, said the Lincoln Town Car driver was driving erratically, according to the New York Post.
“He swerved into me,” the driver told the news outlet. “He hit me and he looked like he lost control of the car.”
Both the driver and Bill had to be cut out of the car, according to New York Daily News.
Bill was then rushed to St. Luke’s, but he died shortly after the accident.
Bill was born and raised in the Bronx, and he graduated from Brandeis University in 1962. He joined CBS News as a reporter and assignment editor in 1967 before becoming a regular on 60 Minutes, starting in 1996.
The veteran correspondent is survived by his wife, Françoise, and daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for 60 Minutes.
Following Bill’s sudden passing, many people reacted on Twitter.
Anderson Cooper was one of the first to pay tribute to Simon, writing on Twitter: “#BobSimon was the best writer, in my opinion, working in broadcast news. I have admired him from the time I was a kid watching #CBSNews.”
“Completely heartbroken by the news of ’60 Minutes’ correspondent and legend Bob Simon dying in car accident on the West Side. I’m in shock.” Councilman Corey Johnson tweeted after the tragic accident.
This is truly heartbreaking.
Our thoughts go out to Bob’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Chris Rogers