TORONTO —; Tributes are pouring in on social media for longtime 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon, who died Wednesday in a car crash in New York City.
Simon, 73, was a passenger in a Town Car that collided with a Mercedes-Benz and then slammed into a pedestrian expansion on the West Side Highway.
Emergency responders had to pull the roof off the Town Car to extract Simon, who had suffered horrific head and stomach injuries. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Town Car suffered broken legs and a broken arm.
Simon won 27 Emmy Awards during his long career. He joined CBS in 1967 and worked as a foreign correspondent. While covering the 1991 Gulf War, he was captured by Iraqi forces and held hostage for 40 days, according to the network.
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Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes, tweeted about Simon:
Bob was a reporter’s reporter…driven by a natural curiosity. We will miss him very much.
— Jeff Fager (@JeffFager) February 12, 2015
One of Simon’s most recent segments for 60 Minutes was an interview with Selma director Ava DuVernay.
On 广州蒲友, DuVernay said she was stunned by the news of his death. “We spent time together … just a few weeks ago,” she wrote. “My goodness. May God rest his soul.”
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CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, also a contributor to 60 Minutes, reported the sad news.
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— CBSN (@CBSNLive) February 12, 2015
High profile journalists and celebrities reacted to Simon’s death on 广州蒲友.
“My heart goes out to Bob’s family,” tweeted Maria Shriver. “I worked with him. True journalist.”
Piers Morgan described Simon as “one of the greats of TV journalism.”
Here’s a look at more social media tributes.
Heartbreaking news about Bob Simon of @60Minutes, a brilliant writer and reporter and someone I admired deeply.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 12, 2015
#BobSimon was the best writer, in my opinion, working in broadcast news. I have admired him from the time I was a kid watching #CBSNews
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) February 12, 2015
Had the pleasure of speaking with Bob Simon before the #Newsroom Season 1 Premiere in NYC. R.I.P., Sir.
— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) February 12, 2015
Gutted to hear the news about Bob Simon. An absolute master of his craft.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 12, 2015
#RIP Bob Simon – great reporter, going to be sorely missed – thoughts and prayers with his family. 🙏
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) February 12, 2015
I never met him, but it feels like I knew him after all these years of watching @60Minutes . RIP Bob Simon
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) February 12, 2015
RIP Bob Simon, one of the greatest reporters. My love and prayers to Mr. Simon’s family. #bobsimon
— Patty Duke (@pattyduke_id) February 12, 2015
Terrible news Bob Simon dying today in a car accident. I’ve always enjoyed his reporting on 60 Minutes over the years. Tragic.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) February 12, 2015
CBS News journalist Bob Simon was a legend in his field. How tragic. RIP
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 12, 2015
Bob Simon was an extraordinary journalist and story teller. Made us care about the world around us. True professional. Such a huge loss!
— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) February 12, 2015