’60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon dies in car accident

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(CNN) — “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon died Wednesday in a car accident in New York City, CBS News reported. He was 73.

Simon’s career in news spanned some 50 years and earned him countless awards.

He joined CBS News in 1967 as a reporter and editor based in New York. Simon went on to report from all over the world.

He covered the war in Vietnam and was on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon, according to his CBS News biography.

(Courtesy: Image from PIX video)
(Courtesy: Image from PIX video)

In 1991, Simon was captured by Iraqi forces at the start of the Gulf War. He and three colleagues spent 40 days in prison, an experience he later wrote about in his book “Forty Days.”

Among his many awards are four Peabodys, 27 Emmys and the Overseas Press Club’s highest honor for a body of work, the biography read.

Simon and his wife, Françoise, have one daughter, who is a producer for “60 Minutes.”

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