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Andy Rooney, 92, hospitalized after surgery complications

October 26, 2011 |  8:56 am


Andy Rooney, the CBS newsman known for his cantankerous TV essays, was resting in a hospital bed Tuesday after suffering serious complications following surgery.

Rooney, 92, recently stepped down from his trademark role at CBS' "60 Minutes" and delivered his 1,097th and final essay for the news magazine. He bid farewell to viewers on Oct. 2 remarking, “I wish I could do this forever. I can't, though.” He said he planned to continue writing.

Rooney was resting in stable condition, according to CBS news. At the request of his family, no further details were revealed about his surgery, his condition or even what hospital he was in.

PHOTOS: Images, quotes from Andy Rooney

The three-time Emmy winner was a cornerstone of one of TV's most enduring programs. He piloted the final segment each week on "60 Minutes," starting July 2, 1978. His TV essays knew no bounds.  One week, he would talk about the compelling issues of our day. The next, he would ask, what's a Lady Gaga?

His career dates back to World War II, when he wrote for the military's newspaper Stars and Stripes. You can watch his final "60 Minutes" message here.


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Photo: Andy Rooney in September 2009. Credit: Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images