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    Default CBS News correspondent Bob Simon dies in a car accident

    Last Updated Feb 11, 2015 10:41 PM EST

    NEW YORK -- Bob Simon, the longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly tonight in a car accident in New York City.

    The award-winning newsman was 73.

    "It's a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News," 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. "It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times.

    "Bob was a reporter's reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable," Fager said. "There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much."

    Simon's five-decade career took him through most major overseas conflicts spanning from the late 1960s to the present. He joined CBS News in 1967 as a New York-based reporter and assignment editor, covering campus unrest and inner city riots. Simon also worked in CBS News' Tel Aviv bureau from 1977-81, and worked in Washington D.C. as the network's State Department correspondent.

    But Simon's career in war reporting was extensive, beginning in Vietnam. While based in Saigon from 1971-72, his reports on the war -- and particularly the Hanoi 1972 spring offensive -- won an Overseas Press Club award award for the Best Radio Spot News for coverage of the end of the conflict. Simon was there for the end of the conflict and was aboard one of the last helicopters out of Saigon in 1975.

    He also reported on the violence in Northern Ireland in from 1969-71 and also from war zones in Portugal, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, the Persian Gulf, Yugoslavia and American military actions in Grenada, Somalia and Haiti.

    Simon was named CBS News' chief Middle East correspondent in 1987, and became the leading broadcast journalist in the region, working in Tel Aviv for more than 20 years. In 1991, he won another OPC Award for reporting of the Gulf War. In 1996 he won one more OPC Award, a Peabody Award and two Emmy Awards for coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. CBS News recieved an RTNDA Overall Excellence in Television Award in 1996 largely because of Simon's reporting from war-torn Sarajevo.

    Moving into the 21st century, he was able to get two major interviews for 60 Minutes, including the first Western interview with extremist Iraqi cleric Muqtada al Sadr, and another with his Shiite Muslim rival, the Ayatollah al-Hakim, who was killed shortly after the interview.

    Another Peabody Award came in 2000 for "a body of work by an outstanding international journalist on a diverse set of critical global issues." And a Lifetime Achievement Emmy was also awarded to him in 2003.

    Simon also lent his skills to CBS's Olympics coverage. For the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, he reported on the failed attempt of Israel's secret intelligence organization, the Mossad, to avenge the attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, for which he won an Emmy.

    For the coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he gave a 30-minute report on Louis Zamperini, an American Olympian who survived as a prisoner of war, held by the Japanese during World War II. The story won him a Sports Emmy.

    Simon's most-recent piece for 60 Minutes aired this past weekend, his conversation with Ava DuVernay, the director of the Academy Award-nominated film "Selma."

    Simon was born on May 29, 1941, in the Bronx, N.Y., and was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University in 1962 with a degree in history. He served as an American Foreign Service officer (1964-67). He was a Fulbright scholar in France and a Woodrow Wilson scholar.

    He is survived by his wife, Françoise, and their daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for 60 Minutes.

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    I re-read the article twice, and is it me, or is there no mention of the time he spent kidnapped in the Middle East?

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    One of the best.

    So sorry to hear.
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    So sad -- he was a really excellent journalist.

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    Oh how awful. RIP Bob.

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    Very sad news. He was a talented reporter.

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    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    Jesus, you make it to your 70s and then have to die like that. Awful.
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    On the Today Show they were talking about all he had been through, held captive, etc., and then dies in a car.
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    RIP, sir

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    I loved him. There was something really sincere and humanistic in the way he covered topics.

    Younger days:

    Reunited with his family after being held hostage:

    His wife, Francoise:

    Daughter, Tanya:
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    RIP, Mr. Simon.
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    The legendary CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who was not wearing a seat belt when he was killed Wednesday night when his limousine-for-hire crashed, was not in violation of any seat belt law.
    Passengers in New York taxicabs and vehicles-for-hire are not required to wear seat belts, according to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission.
    "Drivers of yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles and their passengers are exempt from laws regarding car seats and seatbelts," the agency's website says. "Keep in mind, the TLC encourages everyone in the vehicle to buckle their seatbelts while riding in a cab. There are no Taxi and Limousine Commission rules regarding this, as it is a State exemption. Passengers with children are encouraged to bring their own car seats, which the drivers must allow passengers to install."
    More broadly, New York is one of 22 states that do not require seat belts for adults in rear seats, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C., require seat belts for all rear seat passengers, and a number of other states include additional laws for children.
    The Simon crash "is a tragic reminder to all Americans that the laws of physics still apply to cabs and other cars-for-hire," says Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. "Motorists are not magically safer in these vehicles. Too many of us don't think about wearing a seat belt when we are in these vehicles because we aren't in them for long periods of time, and we are out of our normal travel routine."
    "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon died at the age of 73 in a car accident involving the cab he was riding in New York City, Wednesday. Here Simon is seen at a CBS presentation in New York City on May 19, 2010. (Photo: Peter Kramer, AP)

    Simon, a 73-year-old correspondent for 60 Minutes, was riding in a for-hire Lincoln Town Car on New York's West Side Highway about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to CBS. The southbound car lost control, hit a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light and then struck the median, CBS said. Simon was found unconscious in the back seat with injuries to his head and stomach and was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center.

    The New York City medical examiner said today that Simon died from blunt-force injuries to his head, torso and extremities and that he had fractures, the Associated Press reported.
    The New York City Police Department said it is investigating the accident.
    A car remains on the scene of an accident in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon. Simon covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. He was 73. (Photo: Kathy Willens, AP)

    Although Simon was in a vehicle-for-hire, the safety of passengers in taxicabs has been an issue in New York for some time. The New York Daily News reported in 2012 that occupants of taxicabs who weren't buckling up were turning up regularly in the city's emergency rooms with injuries from slamming into the hard plastic barriers that separate taxi drivers and rear seat passengers.

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    That car is MESSED up.
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