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Published November 05, 2011, 04:41 PM

CBS curmudgeon Andy Rooney dies at 92

NEW YORK — Andy Rooney, the curmudgeon who delivered more than 1,000 commentaries during a 33-year career on the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes," died Friday night, a little more than a month after retiring, CBS News said Saturday.

NEW YORK — Andy Rooney, the curmudgeon who delivered more than 1,000 commentaries during a 33-year career on the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes," died Friday night, a little more than a month after retiring, CBS News said Saturday.

Rooney, 92, who joined CBS News show "60 Minutes" in 1978, died in a hospital in New York City of complications after minor surgery, the news division of CBS said in a statement.

"It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much," Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of "60 Minutes," said in the statement.

Rooney delivered his 1,097th and final essay on "60 Minutes" on Oct. 2, telling viewers he would no longer appear regularly, CBS News said.

Rooney worked for the network for more than 60 years, half of them behind the camera as a writer and producer, first for entertainment and then for news, CBS News said. Rooney described himself as never getting comfortable with the role of television personality, and instead preferred to be known as a writer, the statement added.

CBS News first aired a Rooney-delivered commentary on July 2, 1978, in which he complained about tracking the number of deaths stemming from holiday-weekend car accidents, according to an accounting by the Associated Press. In fact, July Fourth is "one of the safest weekends of the year to be going someplace," the AP recounts him as saying.

A native of Albany, N.Y., Rooney in his teens worked as a copy boy for the Albany Knickerbocker News. He was drafted into the Army while attending Colgate University, and was assigned to work for the GI newspaper Stars and Stripes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Marguerite Rooney, Rooney's wife of 62 years, died in 2004, according to the AP. They had four children. They had homes in Norwalk, Conn., and upstate New York.

Services will be private, Brian Rooney, Andy Rooney's son and a longtime ABC News correspondent, said Saturday, according to the wire service.

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