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Legendary CBS News commentator Andy Rooney, known to millions for his witty essays on mundane topics, died Friday night in New York. He was 92.
He had been hospitalized after suffering complications following minor surgery last month.
"It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of '60 Minutes.' "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."
Rooney made his last regular weekly appearance on "60 Minutes" on Oct. 2. A few weeks later, CBS announced he was in a hospital.
Rooney's colleague and longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Morley Safer told CNN Saturday that Rooney worked to the very end and that he would not have wanted it any other way.
"That's the way to go," Safer said. "The only thing better than three weeks would have been three minutes."
Correspondent Steve Kroft reflected on the length of Rooney's storied career.
"What a life: ninety-two years of doing what you love to do while engaging and entertaining millions and millions of people," he said.
And Lesley Stahl, also Rooney's colleague on the show, called him "our poet laureate."
"He was the Oracle of West 57th Street, an everyman if everyman wrote like a dream," she said. "He was the most popular member of our team, loved by the audience, and far more loved by all of us than he knew."