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Morley Safer Dead At 84, CBS Confirms

May. 19 2016, Updated 4:16 p.m. ET

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Legendary broadcast journalist, Morley Safer, has died at the age of 84, CBS News reports today.

The 60 Minutes correspondent, who worked with the network for over five decades, had just announced his retirement one week prior to passing.

Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes, reportedly paid a visit to Safer after his retirement announcement, calling him a "humble man who never expects attention."

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"He was an extraordinary writer and reporter, and a true gentleman," CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said of Safer. "From his work during the War in Vietnam to his completely unique and evocative pieces for 60 Minutes, he set the standard for what we all want to be as journalists. His kind shall not pass this way again."

For his retirement announcement, Safer released a heartfelt statement to fans last week: "It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air."

Our thoughts go out to Safer's loved ones.

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