Legendary CBS News commentator Andy Rooney, known to millions for his dry commentaries on mundane topics, died Friday night in New York. He was 92.
He had been hospitalized after suffering complications following minor surgery last month.
Over his long career, he earned six Writers Guild of America awards, one Peabody and four Emmys, two of which were for his show-ending commentaries on “60 Minutes.”
Rooney announced Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1,097th essay for “60 Minutes” that he would no longer appear regularly and delivered his last commentary, in signature style.
Rooney’s wife of 62 years, Marguerite, died in 2004. He is survived by his four children: Ellen Rooney, a photographer; Brian Rooney, an ABC News correspondent; Emily Rooney, the original host of a Boston public affairs TV program; and Martha Fishel, chief of the public services division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Rooney also leaves behind five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
According to a CBS statement, funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be announced at a future date.