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New Haven : CT : USA | Apr 08, 2012 at 9:09 AM PDT
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Newsman Mike Wallace age 93 has died at a care facility in New Haven, Connecticut, where he had lived in recent years. The famed newsman was one of the anchors of CBS 60 Minutes for forty years before he retired in 2008.

Until he was slowed by heart surgery as he neared his 90th birthday in 2008, Wallace continued making news, doing "60 Minutes" interviews with such subjects as Jack Kevorkian and Roger Clemens. He had promised to still do occasional reports when he announced his retirement as a regular correspondent in March 2006, according to Fox news.

Wallace said then that he had long vowed to retire "when my toes turn up" and "they're just beginning to curl a trifle. ... It's become apparent to me that my eyes and ears, among other appurtenances, aren't quite what they used to be."

Wallace died Saturday night, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said. On CBS' Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer said Wallace died in New Canaan, Conn.

"It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace. His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS," said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS Corporation.

Wallace was known for his famous interviews, including one with Malcolm X.

The announcer, whose career spanned 60 years, was born on May 9, 1918, in Brookline, Mass.

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