Mike Wallace, veteran CBS News journalist for "60 Minutes," has passed away at the age of 93. For years he suffered from a serious heart condition. Wallace will be remembered for his four decades of hard-hitting news reporting and intriguing interviews.
In 1968, Mike Wallace debuted for CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Until 2006, Wallace was a full-time correspondent and then, due to serious health issues, became an occasional reporter for the groundbreaking news series for a few years more. In 2008, he underwent a triple-bypass heart surgery.
CBS spokesperson Kevin Tedesco announced Sunday that Wallace died Saturday night. It is still unknown as to what he passed away from.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corporation president and CEO. “His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS.”
Wallace has been awarded at least 20 Emmy Awards and has won several prestigious awards from such institutes as the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, an Achievement Award from the University of Southern California Of Journalism and three George Foster Peabody Awards.
The veteran reporter has interviewed many personalities over his decorated career, including Ayn Rand, Salvador Dali, Henry Kissinger, Peter Ustinov, Kirk Douglas, Steve Allen, Eleanor Roosevelt and many others.
CBS announced that a special program will air on Apr. 15 on “60 Minutes” to honor Wallace’s life.
Wallace leaves behind his son, Chris Wallace, who is an anchor for Fox News.
Late last year, Andy Rooney, another “60 Minutes” icon, passed away at the age of 92. His death came one month after he retired from CBS.