​Tributes pour in for '60 Minutes' anchor Bob Simon

Tributes are pouring in for 60 Minutes anchor Bob Simon, who passed away from injuries sustained in a New York City car crash on Wednesday night (Feb. 12). He was 73 years old.

Upon learning the tragic news, celebrity journalists took to Twitter to remember the CBS News anchor, who was known for his stellar reporting as well as his accuracy and bravery in covering wartime conflicts.

“Heartbreaking news about Bob Simon of @60minutes,” wrote Katie Couric, “a brilliant writer and reporter and someone I admired deeply.”

“Gutted to hear the news about Bob Simon,” wrote Seth Meyers. “An absolute master of his craft.”

“#BobSimon was the best writer, in my opinion, working in broadcast news. I have admired him from the time I was a kid watching #CBSNews,” said Anderson Cooper.

An award-winning reporter, Bob had earned more than 40 major accolades over his 47-year career, including the Overseas Press Club awards, four Peabodys and 27 Emmy Awards for journalism.

While covering the Gulf War in 1991, Bob and three other CBS News crewmembers were captured by Iraqi forces and were held prisoner for 40 days. Bob later wrote about the experience in his critically-acclaimed memoir, Forty Days.

His latest contribution to 60 Minutes, which was broadcast over the weekend, was an interview with Selma director Ava DuVernay.

Bob is survived by his wife, Françoise, and his daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for 60 Minutes.

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