Andy Rooney, former CBS 60 Minutes star and a veteran American journalist whose career spanned more than half a century, has died at the age of 92. He had been ill for some time, having recently suffered complications following minor surgery.
Joining CBS in 1949, Andy Rooney remained loyal to the company throughout his career. In 1978 he began A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney, his signature piece in which he discussed points of the day. Sometimes trivial, sometimes relating to matters of national news, Rooney’s appearances became a national institution, and lasted until he finally retired earlier this year.
While he was best known to most Americans for his TV work, however, Rooney himself is said to have considered himself to be first and foremost a writer. He released numerous books and was reportedly planning to focus on his writing following his retirement from TV work.
Rooney was not a stranger to controversy. In 1992 he claimed to have a liberal bias, and he poked (gentle) fun at religion throughout his career. He was once accused of making racially insensitive comments, but insisted he was no racist. In 1994 he encountered heavy criticism for comments about Kurt Cobain, for which he subsequently apologised.