CBS News legend Morley Safer has died, less than a week after retiring from the network.
The Canadian born anchor spent 52 years with CBS, including 46 with 60 Minutes. His last segment, on the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, aired in March.
Highlights of Safer’s CBS career span reporting from the battle fields of Vietnam to a 2011 interview with Bernie Madoff‘s wife and a 60 Minutes piece on Lenell Geter, who had been wrongly convicted and was eventually freed from a life sentence in Texas. The story inspired the 1987 TV-movie Guilty of Innocence.
His take-no-prisoners reputation even landed Safer on an episode of TV’s House of Cards. Series creator Beau Willimon told the Hollywood Reporter that “Safer asks the hard questions,” making him an ideal choice to grill shady politician Frank Underwood.
Safer was equally comfortable interviewing celebrities. He created memorable 60 Minutessegments with Jackie Gleason, Katharine Hepburn and Dolly Parton.
No cause of death for Morley Safer has been revealed. He was 84.