Andy Rooney was 92 years old when he died of recovery complications from a undisclosed surgery on Friday, November 4. Rooney was a commentator for 60 Minutes for 33 years and was most noted for his show, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney.” Rooney retired on October 2, 2011 and delivered his 1,097th and final televised commentary, just one month before his death.
Gainsewille.com reports, “Rooney talked on “60 Minutes” about what was in the news, and his opinions occasionally got him in trouble. But he was just as likely to discuss the old clothes in his closet, why air travel had become unpleasant and why banks needed to important-sounding names.”
Rooney won 4 Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his work. He was famously known for his blunt attitude and firm opinions presented in everything he reported. Just few of the reports and actions Rooney was famously noted for include a controversial piece on Kurt Cobain’s suicide, a comparison of President Obama’s inaugaration to past president’s, and was even put on suspension for a racist remarks during an interview in 1990.
CBS News chairman and executive producer Jeff Fager said, “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.”