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CBS says veteran journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84.

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Safer was equally at home reporting on social injustices, abstract art and war-time atrocities.

Safer was in declining health when he announced his retirement last week; CBS News broadcast a long-planned special hour to honor the occasion on Sunday May 15 that he watched in his home.

He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined “60 Minutes,” which had debuted just two years earlier. He claimed the co-host chair alongside Mike Wallace and remained with the broadcast for the rest of his life, announcing his retirement earlier this month.

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“Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” said CBS Chairman and CEO, Leslie Moonves. “He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with 60 Minutes. He was also a gentleman, a scholar, a great raconteur – all of those things and much more to generations of colleagues, his legion of friends, and his family, to whom all of us at CBS offer our sincerest condolences over the loss of one of CBS’ and journalism’s greatest treasures.”

Safer once claimed “there is no such thing as the common man,” explaining, “If there were, there would be no need for journalists.”

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