Andy Rooney Dead at Age 92

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The famous 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney died Friday night at the age of 92 in a hospital in New York City.

He died of complications from minor surgery which was undisclosed.

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

Rooney had announced on Oct. 2, 2011 on "60 Minutes" that he wouldn't be appearing regularly anymore on the show.

Ever since television has been around, Rooney had been involved in it. For 60 years he was with CBS. 30 of those years he was a writer and producer for the show.

Rooney said he was never comfortable with being the television personality that he became. and according to an article on, "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."

Rooney was known for his essays in which he delivered at the end of every "60 Minutes" episode.
These essays would generate thousands of responses from viewers or the show.

The topics these essays were about were very controversial. One particular comment about homosexuality led to getting him suspended from his job on "60 Minutes". But his loyal fans demanded him to be back on air and ratings dropped 20% when he wasn't.

“I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life.” Rooney once said. And he considered himself lucky to have lived such a life and if he were to live life over again, he said he would live it exactly the same.


vanvolkinburg November 7, 2011 at 2:02 AM  

This is a sad passing of a life, in that a journalistic legend like Andy Rooney has died. Granted, he was 92-years-old, so it doesn't come as much of a shock; nevertheless, it is still sad.

However, on a positive note, a career such as his is one to be admired and to strive for. Not only was he a television personality, but he was an extremely accomplished writer. This is something I hope to be able to achieve in my lifetime; the writing part, not necessarily the television personality portion.

Furthermore, Tyler mentioned that Rooney was known for his essays which were often times controversial and caused a stir amongst viewers. But, I would have to say, that if journalists' stories and reporting are not causing these types of reactions then those journalists are not doing their job correctly. News is controversial.

Still, Andy Rooney had an admirable career and hopefully with the circulation of news of his death there will come a great deal of rememberance of his life.

Cait November 7, 2011 at 5:35 AM  

This is extremely sad, I remember growing up and my parents having 60 minutes in the background. Roony will be missed and his footsteps hard to fill.

RCastenson November 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM  

This is a sad day for all America's society. He was a memorable person who served America's TV for 60. Rooney was the face of 60 minutes and had a low, soft, and soothing voice to listen to. However for living the long life of 92 years old you can't say life was cut short.

This death was sudden but at age 92 you can honestly say you lived a long and good life, especially for Andy Rooney.

kelleygray November 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

Andy Rooney is an idol in the field of journalism. To maintain a show for 60 years and be able to keep viewers through the changing media landscape is admirable.

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