Bob Simon, a longtime correspondent with CBS's 60 Minutes, died in a car crash Wednesday night, CBS confirmed.
Simon, 73, also worked as a foreign correspondent in his five-decade news career.
He was a passenger in a livery cab on the West Side Highway in Manhattan Wednesday evening, the New York Post reported. The Lincoln Town Car collided with a Mercedes, the Post reported.
After hitting the Mercedes, which was stopped at a traffic light, the Lincoln crashed into metal barriers separating lanes, the Associated Press reported.
Simon was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was left with injuries to his legs and arms.
The driver of the Lincoln had possibly had a heart attack, the New York Post reported.
Starting with Vietnam, Simon worked in war zones around the world. His field reporting earned him an "unprecedented" number of awards, including 27 Emmys, according to his CBS biography.
His work took him to Northern Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, The Falklands, the Persian Gulf, Yugoslavia, Grenada, Somalia, Haiti, and Poland. In 1987, he was named CBS's chief Middle East correspondent, and he worked out of a bureau in Tel Aviv for 20 years.
In 1991, Simon and his team were reporting on the beginning of the Gulf War when they were captured by Iraqi forces.
CBS News broke into regularly scheduled programming with a special report announcing Simon's death:
Journalists, meanwhile, shared messages of grief on Twitter for the loss of a man they described as legendary.
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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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