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Mike Wallace Dead: '60 Minutes' Icon Dies At 93

Broadcasting legend Mike Wallace has died, CBS News announced on Sunday.

He was 93. Wallace died on Saturday night in a long-term care center in New Canaan, Connecticut. He was surrounded by family.

Wallace had been ill for years. Bob Scheiffer revealed the circumstances of his death on "Face the Nation," after Charles Osgood first announced that he had passed on "CBS News Sunday Morning."

Wallace was one of the original hosts and correspondents of "60 Minutes." He was a trailblazer, known for confronting his subjects and originating the newsmagazine format. His style became standard for television news.

The famously tough newsman came down hard on the likes of Barbra Streisand, Vladimir Putin and Louis Farrakhan during his four-decades long tenure at the show. He joined "60 Minutes" at its inception in 1968, and retired at the age of 88 in 2006. He continued to do occasional interviews until 2008.

On Sunday, Schieffer and Morley Safer paid tribute to Wallace on "Face the Nation." The show opened with a memorial piece about their colleague, in which Safer recalled Wallace's defiant spirit.

"There will never be another one quite like him," said Schieffer, who teared up when he introduced the segment. He called Wallace a "mentor," and recalled that he "even gave [him] a compliment, once."

Fox News chief Roger Ailes also took to television to pay tribute to Wallace, calling in to the network's Sunday morning programming. "He's left an indelible mark on our business," he said. "He is just a legend and will always be."


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