Andy Rooney suffered “serious complications” from what was supposed to be minor surgery last week, CBS News said on Tuesday.
The 92-year-old veteran TV commentator and journalist remains hospitalized in stable condition and the Rooney family has asked for privacy, CBS said.
Rooney’s health scare comes nearly a month since he signed off from “60 Minutes” on CBS after delivering 1,097 essays.
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"This is a moment I have dreaded," he said on his final Oct. 2 broadcast.
Rooney was adamant that while he was stepping down his regular role on the newsmagazine he didn't plan on keeping his quirky observations locked up in his head.
"Writers don't retire," Rooney said, "and I'll always be a writer."