Safer’s health was already declining when he announced his retirement last week.
He was an iconic part of the CBS news team and a fixture on the television news magazine 60 Minutes.
A cause of death has not been provided as of yet. The reporter, who was head of the CBS Saigon bureau for three years during the Vietnam War and who changed the face of war time reporting, is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane, one daughter, Sarah Bakal, her husband, Alexander Bakal, three grandchildren, a sister, and brother.
CBS issued this statement:
“This is a very sad day for all of us at 60 Minutes and CBS News. Morley was a fixture, one of our pillars, and an inspiration in many ways.”
While the funeral will be private, a memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined