Bob Simon, longtime fixture of CBS News and its flagship 60 Minutes program, died tonight in an automobile accident in Manhattan at age 73.
Known for his work as a war correspondent, Simon covered the Vietnam War extensively, the violence in Northern Ireland and war zones from Cyprus to Yugoslavia. While covering the first Gulf War in 1991, Simon and his crew were captured and held as POWs for 40 days.
Simon joined 60 Minutes in 1996. His last story was an interview of Selma director Ava DuVernay which aired February 8, 2015.