Myron Leon, popularly known was Mike Wallace, has passed away due to natural causes at the age of 93. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his family in Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn. Mike Wallace was a legendary television personality. He used to host CBS News' "60 Minutes", which debuted in 1968.
The show became popular by every passing episode courtesy Mike Wallace and his admirable personality. Wallace took retirement from the show in 2006, but continued to appear occasionally on the show until 2008.
His stint with "60 Minutes" helped the show reach unprecedented heights of success and acclaim. Not only the show became one of the most popular programs of all time, it also produced a staggering number of 23 seasons.
According to CBS News’ official website, their company’s CEO and president, Leslie Moonves, said on Wallace's death, "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.”
Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News, also shared his sentiments on Wallace’s sad demise on the website. He said, "All of us at CBS News and particularly at '60 Minutes' owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn't be '60 Minutes.' There simply hasn't been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn't matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV. We loved him and we will miss him very much.”
All those who respected Mike Wallace and were a huge fan of his work must tune in to CBS next Sunday i.e. April 15, when a special "60 Minutes" tribute episode will be aired. The special program will highlight Wallace’s key achievements and significant contributions to the program.