Famous CBS correspondent Bob Simon died in a New York City car accident on Wednesday. He was 73.
With a career of around five decades, the legendary newsman was known for his stint with CBS' "60 Minutes". During his active career in journalism, he covered major stories since the 1960s, from the Vietnam War to the Fukushima disaster in Japan. His brilliant reporting skills won him several awards, including 27 Emmys. He had been with the CBS show since 1996.
"Bob was, and I'll tell you it's very hard to talk about him in the past tense, but Bob was for the last five decades, simply one of the best, in my opinion ... at getting a story, telling a story, writing a story and making it simply unforgettable," said CNN's Anderson Cooper, who worked with Simon at "60 Minutes".
Cooper, calling Simon a "warrior poet", further said "I've admired and looked up to Bob Simon. His voice was so strong as a writer ... he was everything a reporter should be and that I dreamed of being and still to this day hope to be a quarter of the reporter and writer that Bob Simon is and has been."
Celebrities took to Twitter to react to Simon's death. Here are some of the tweets by Simon's colleagues as well as other celebs:
So sorry to learn of the passing of Bob Simon. He was a great reporter & wonderful man. A frequent guest of mine. So sorry to hear this. RIP— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 12, 2015
Never met Bob Simon but wish I had. Loved his reports, loved his style. Truly, one of the greats of TV journalism.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 12, 2015
Gutted to hear the news about Bob Simon. An absolute master of his craft.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) February 12, 2015
CBS News journalist Bob Simon was a legend in his field. How tragic. RIP— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 12, 2015