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    Post by Chris on Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:41 am

    Andy Rooney dead at 92

    (CBS News) Andy Rooney, the "60 Minutes" commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays - a unique genre he is credited with inventing - died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.

    "It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of "60 Minutes." "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."

    Rooney had announced on Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1,097th essay for "60 Minutes" that he would no longer appear regularly.

    Rooney wrote for television since its birth, spending more than 60 years at CBS, 30 of them behind the camera as a writer and producer, first for entertainment and then news programming, before becoming a television personality - a role he said he was never comfortable in. He preferred to be known as a writer and was the author of best-selling books and a national newspaper column, in addition to his "60 Minutes" essays.

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    Post by Nystyle709 on Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:47 am

    RIP Andy. Grew up watching him. He lived a long life. God bless him.

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    Post by Impact on Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:49 am

    I didn't always agree with or appreciate his commentary (especially his remarks about Kurt Cobain in the wake of his suicide) but RIP anyway.

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    Post by Kral on Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:36 pm

    I'm not a fan of 60 Minutes but the times I did catch his editorials, I usually laughed. He pulled no punches and said exactly what was on his mind!


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    Post by Alan Smithee on Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:34 pm

    All things must pass. RIP Andy

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    Post by Bluesmama on Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:10 pm

    Couldn't stand the old fart, myself.

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    Post by Shale on Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:06 pm

    I enjoyed his take on many things and that he could/would say them publicly. And he fielded the flak on his more controversial observations, even sicerely apologizing when proven wrong. I'll miss the old curmudgeon.

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