Jun 25, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
Walter Cronkite Is Seriously Ill
By BRIAN STELTER
Published: June 25, 2009
Walter Cronkite, the CBS News anchorman of the 1960s and ’70s, is seriously ill with cerebrovascular disease and is “not expected to recuperate,” his family members said in a statement Thursday. Recent news media reports have suggested that Mr. Cronkite, 92, is close to death. Family members said they wanted to “dispel false rumors.” “Sadly, he is very ill and is not expected to recuperate; he is resting at home surrounded by family, friends and a wonderful medical team,” Mr. Cronkite’s three children told The New York Post. “We thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes.” The family told the blog TVNewser that Mr. Cronkite had “apparently suffered for some years” from the disease. When Mr. Cronkite was the anchor of “CBS Evening News,” from 1962 to 1981, he was often described as “the most trusted man in America.” His demeanor and values have influenced generations of reporters.