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Veteran "60 Minutes" Correspondent Bob Simon Killed In Car Crash

CBS News confirmed that the longtime television journalist died Wednesday night in New York. He was 73.

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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.

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The driver of the Mercedes said the livery driver swerved and apparently lost control before the crash, the Post reported.

Simon is survived by his wife, Francoise, and daughter Tanya, who is a producer at 60 Minutes, the New York Daily News reported.

This is the car #BobSimon was traveling in. Sadness tonight - RIP #60minutes

Shimon Prokupecz@ShimonProFollow

This is the car #BobSimon was traveling in. Sadness tonight - RIP #60minutes

7:20 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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.

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They spent 40 days in an Iraqi prison, an experience he recounted in a book, Forty Days.

"I decided to write a book about it if I survived," Simon wrote. "It would be another dimension of my revenge. The Iraqis had captured me, so I would capture the experience, deal the last blow."

During his captivity, CBS News prepared an obituary in the event of his death. They gave it to him when he was safely released.

He later returned to Iraq several times as he continued to report on conflicts. He began contributing to 60 Minutes in 1996, most recently covering the film Selma, as well as internet security.

CBS News broke into regularly scheduled programming with a special report announcing Simon's death:

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The tragic loss of Bob Simon is heartbreaking news for the entire CBS family. A true legend.

Chris Licht@ChrisLichtFollow

The tragic loss of Bob Simon is heartbreaking news for the entire CBS family. A true legend.

6:39 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Journalists, meanwhile, shared messages of grief on Twitter for the loss of a man they described as legendary.

Stunned to report the death of legendary CBSNews correspondent #BobSimon

Anderson Cooper@andersoncooperFollow

Stunned to report the death of legendary CBSNews correspondent #BobSimon

6:44 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#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@andersoncooperFollow

#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

6:58 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This afternoon I sat in Bob Simon's office and we bantered- "what are u working on kiddo? Are u gonna lead the show this weekend?" Such loss

Clarissa Ward@clarissawardFollow

This afternoon I sat in Bob Simon's office and we bantered- "what are u working on kiddo? Are u gonna lead the show this weekend?" Such loss

8:15 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP Bob Simon & thx for your distinguished contributions to television journalism. sudden, too-early passing reminds us of life's fragility.

John Harwood@JohnJHarwoodFollow

RIP Bob Simon & thx for your distinguished contributions to television journalism. sudden, too-early passing reminds us of life's fragility.

6:44 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015 - CBS News ... What a shame. Great reporter. http://t.co/r5GUuGixC7

Peter King@SI_PeterKingFollow

CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015 - CBS News ... What a shame. Great reporter. http://t.co/r5GUuGixC7

6:40 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bob Simon's death is truly heartbreaking. Grew up watching him on @60Minutes gathered around the tv with my family.

lindsey macnabb@lindsCNNFollow

Bob Simon's death is truly heartbreaking. Grew up watching him on @60Minutes gathered around the tv with my family.

6:46 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP Bob Simon, a television storyteller without peer. http://t.co/lZ5RdXJBxD Dies in 2 car crash in Manhattan.

david carr@carr2nFollow

RIP Bob Simon, a television storyteller without peer. http://t.co/lZ5RdXJBxD Dies in 2 car crash in Manhattan.

6:42 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP @CBSNews Bob Simon. A giant in journalism and a very special man. There goes that mold.

Pat O'Brien@POBPATOBRIENFollow

RIP @CBSNews Bob Simon. A giant in journalism and a very special man. There goes that mold.

6:48 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eloquent, fabled war correspondent Bob Simon dies in NYC car crash -just saw his 60 Minutes report on "Selma" http://t.co/YxjcV9C2o2

Andrea Mitchell@mitchellreportsFollow

Eloquent, fabled war correspondent Bob Simon dies in NYC car crash -just saw his 60 Minutes report on "Selma" http://t.co/YxjcV9C2o2

7:03 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Heartbreaking news about Bob Simon of @60Minutes, a brilliant writer and reporter and someone I admired deeply.

Katie Couric@katiecouricFollow

Heartbreaking news about Bob Simon of @60Minutes, a brilliant writer and reporter and someone I admired deeply.

7:09 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

An amazing journalist. A brilliant career. Condolences to the family of @bobsimon1 and all of Bob's extended family at @CBSNews

Lester Holt@LesterHoltNBCFollow

An amazing journalist. A brilliant career. Condolences to the family of @bobsimon1 and all of Bob's extended family at @CBSNews

8:12 PM - 11 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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