60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon dies in Manhattan car accident

Seventy-three-year-old CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon died in a two-vehicle accident on February 11 in Manhattan, the Guardian reported.

According to preliminary investigations, the driver of the vehicle Simon was a passenger in crashed into another car. Simon and the other vehicle’s driver were transported to a nearby hospital; however, Simon was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Simon had the opportunity to cover major international war conflicts since the late 1960s, including the Vietnam war and the events that happened in the revolt that featured African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr,. as showcased in the recent Oscar-nominated movie Selma, CBS said.

He won awards for journalism that included a fourth Peabody and an Emmy for a 2012 story on central Africa that featured the world’s only all-black symphony. A story about an orchestra in Paraguay that made their instruments out of garbage won Simon his 27th Emmy, a feat which CBS said made Simon the most awarded journalist for field reporting.


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