Andy Rooney died Friday, due to complications following a minor surgery, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 92.
On Oct. 2, one month before his death, the crotchety Rooney made his final appearance on "60 Minutes" and his 1,097th essay for the special, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.
Andrew Aitken Rooney was born in Albany, N.Y., and got his start as a copy boy for the local paper while still in high school, the Daily Herald reported. He was a student at Colgate University, until he was drafted by the Army in 1941 according to the L.A. Times.
Upon his return, Rooney was freelancing magazine stories when he met Arthur Godfrey, a famous radio and television entertainer, in New York City in 1949. That meeting changed his life, and he then wrote for Godfrey's daily radio show and two television shows for the next six years the L.A. Times reported. Eventually, he became the celebrity known today.
According to the Daily Herald, the four-time Emmy winning writer and Writers Guild of America award-winning author did not like the celebrity status he had achieved and would often write "No" when asked for his autograph.
But, one can never be seen in the spotlight without a little controversy. According to the Los Angeles Times, Rooney was suspended from CBS for three weeks for allegedly making a racist remark and an offensive comment toward to the homosexual lifestyle. He was reinstated after a negative public response.