CBS' Andy Rooney dead at 92
Veteran CBS commentator dies on November 4, 2011 in New York at age 92. Rooney’s death was implicated from complications developed after a minor surgery in October, just weeks after his retirement. A free spirited and gifted journalist, Rooney could ‘woo’ his audiences at 60 Minutes with little effort. His topics were controversial but most times relatable.
The fallen icon had graced his viewers of 60Minutes with his presence for little over 3 decades. Rooney’s last appearance was made on October 2, 2011 when he delivered his 1097th and final episode of “60 Minutes”. CBS reported that the influence he had over his viewers was overwhelming to a point where Rooney was suspended and television viewership for the show dropped significantly in his absence. His plain and straight forward commentaries also made him an easy target for activists groups.
A politically themed essay was drafted in Rooney’s style back in 2003 and distributed across the internet as his own. Over a prolonged period, the essay considered highly sensitive to minority groups, made its way into thousand of email inboxes, thus labeling Rooney as a racist.
CBS also reported that Rooney has been with the company for over 60 years-since 1978. Of which he spent 30 years behind the scenes-writing and producing for entertainment and news programming. No doubt about it, Rooney loved his job, but he felt more comfortable as a writer. He even authored many bestselling books and a newspaper column.
Andy Rooney’s death is an unexplainable loss to the Media industry. His production styles are in a genre by itself and thus far, there is no other like Andy Rooney. His notorious 60 Minutes program has also won numerous Emmy awards throughout its regime on CBS.
Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes said in a statement that:
“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”.
The father of four was a native New Yorker. He worked as a copy boy for knickerbockers’ news during his teens and was drafted into the army whilst still a student at the Colgate University. Market Watch reporter Kate Gibson reported that Rooney was assigned the role of working with GI newspaper Stars and Stripes.
Brian Rooney, Andy Rooney’s son and ABC correspondent declared that services for the media mogul will be private.