Anderson Cooper Pays Emotional Tribute to ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Bob Simon (Video)

“He was a warrior poet who loved life and loved people,” CNN anchor says about late CBS newsman

Anderson Cooper paid an emotional farewell to “60 minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, who died Monday in a car crash on New York City’s West Side Highway. He was 73.

“Bob was for the last five decades, one of the best, in my opinion—the best—in the world in getting a story, telling a story, writing a story, and making it unforgettable,” Cooper said Wednesday about the veteran CBS newsman, who he worked with on “60 Minutes.”

“He was a warrior poet who loved life and loved people,” Cooper added, noting what a masterful writer Simon was; a fixture in edit rooms for every story he did because he wrote to the picture. “He wasn’t somebody who just wrote a story and let other people edit it.”

Simon covered every foreign conflict dating back to the late 1960’s, most recently the wars in the Middle East. He won 27 Emmy awards. His final report aired Sunday. In it, he told the story of the film “Selma,” interviewing director Ava DuVernay.

Watch Cooper below.