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Andy Rooney Dead at 92…

One of our favorite commentators has died of complications from surgery at age 92.

Andy Rooney, who delivered 1,097 commentaries on 60 Minutes beginning in July of 1978, worked right up to the end of his life, as his colleague Steve Kroft said:

“Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died, and he managed to do it, save the last few weeks in the hospital.”

Rooney won 4 Emmy awards, one for a piece on whether there was a real Mrs. Smith who made Mrs. Smith’s Pies. As it turned out, there was no Mrs. Smith. His commentaries, however, were often marked as “complaints” beginning with the first one he did. He complained about people who keep track of how many people die in car accidents on holiday weekends. In fact, he said, the Fourth of July is “one of the safest weekends of the year to be going someplace.”

It was “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney,” his weekly 60 Minutes segment, that made him one of the most popular broadcast figures in the country.