U.S. newsman Bob Simon has died following a car accident in New York City.

The 73-year-old correspondent for revered current affairs show 60 Minutes passed away on Wednesday night (11Feb15), bosses at the show's network CBS have confirmed.

Sources tell TheWrap.com that Simon was killed when the Lincoln Town Car he was riding in collided with a Mercedes on the West Side Highway in Manhattan.

Simon was taken to nearby St. Luke's hospital, where he died.

His illustrious career spanned five decades, and he spent most of his time at Cbs News since joining the network as a New York-based reporter in 1967.

Simon covered news all over the world, reporting in locations such as Tel Aviv in Israel, Northern Ireland, and war zones in Portugal, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, the Persian Gulf, and Yugoslavia, as well as American military actions in Grenada, Somalia and Haiti.

He extensively covered the violence in Vietnam in the 1970s, particularly the Hanoi spring offensive in 1972, for which he won an Overseas Press Club award for the Best Radio Spot News for coverage of the end of the conflict.

Simon joined 60 Minutes in 1996, and his last piece on the programme aired on Sunday (08Feb15), which was a conversation with Selma director Ava DuVernay.