Andy Rooney, who defined the word curmudgeon, is reported to be in serious condition following complications from surgery. The CBS commentator known for his cantankerous pieces at the end of nearly every 60 Minutes show retired Oct. 2 at age 92. Rooney had added his acerbic perspective to the show for 34 seasons. His segment, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," was the beginning of an insightful and humorous look at some aspect of life that had caught his eye.
An Albany, N.Y., native, Rooney reported for the soldier's newspaper Stars & Stripes during World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his reporting. He married his wife Marguerite in 1942 and has four children.
Rooney joined CBS in 1949 as a writer. His entertainment work includes writing for Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore. As a writer for many CBS News specials narrated by Harry Reasoner, his work began to be widely recognized. He won an Emmy for his script writing in 1968, the first of four.
He produced Reasoner during the first few years of 60 Minutes , before moving to his on-screen role. He also authors a national column for Tribune Media and has written 16 books.
Complications after surgery, even minor surgery, have affected the lives of other famous people.
* In 1965, evangelist Billy Graham had prostate surgery. He suffered complications from the operation performed at the Mayo Clinic that extended his stay.
* Bonanza's Dan Blocker had gall bladder surgery in May 1972. A complication, blood clots, caused his death at the age of 39.
* June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash, died of complications from surgery in May 2003. At the age of 73, she never recovered from needed heart surgery.
* Congressman John Murtha also died from complications after surgery. Routine gallbladder surgery in January of 2009 resulted in his death less than two weeks later.
* Zsa Zsa Gabor has been ill off and on for some time. Emergency surgery to replace a feeding tube in October 2011 was initially felt to be successful. Now, reports are that complications have resulted from the operation.