CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer dead at 84

Morley Safer attends the 2011 CBS Upfront party on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

CBS says veteran journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84.

Safer was equally at home reporting on social injustices, abstract art and war-time atrocities.

He already was a CBS News mainstay in 1970 when he joined “60 Minutes,” which had debuted just two years earlier. He claimed the co-host chair alongside Mike Wallace and remained with the broadcast for the rest of his life, retiring last week.

Safer once claimed “there is no such thing as the common man,” explaining, “If there were, there would be no need for journalists.”

CBS and 6 News will have updates online and on 6 News tonight

>>The Associated Press contributed to this report

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