April 08, 2012 15:52:37 GMT
The news anchor who hosted the CBS show for nearly half a century died on Saturday surrounded by family.
Mike Wallace, the face that was familiar for the "60 Minutes" viewers from the late 1960s to the late 2000s, has died at the age of 93. The legendary newsman died surrounded by family on Saturday, April 7 in New Haven, Connecticut following a long illness. He received triple heart-bypass surgery back in 2008.
Wallace was considered the founding host as he was one of the original correspondents for the newsmagazine show which debuted in 1968. The CBS News Family, represented by Leslie Moonves, said in a statement, "It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace. 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 did some of the world's greatest news coverage and interviews. He traveled alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and interviewed Malcolm X and Jack Kevorkian among others. A special program dedicated to him will be broadcast on "60 Minutes" on Sunday, April 15.
Another veteran broadcaster Andy Rooney, who also anchored "60 Minutes" for more than three decades, died last November at the age of 92.