Walter Cronkite, the journalist known as "the most trusted man in America," died Friday at the age of 92.
Cronkite, who anchored the CBS Evening News from 1961 to 1982, had cerebrovascular disease. Last month, Cronkite's family indicated that his health had taken a turn for the worse and he was not "expected to recuperate."
"It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite," CBS News president Sean McManus said in a statement. "More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments."
During his tenure, Cronkite covered major developments and stories involving the civil rights movement, the space race, the war in Vietnam and the failure of the Nixon White House.
CBS will honor his life and career Sunday at 7 p.m. with a one-hour special.
In his latter years, Cronkite, among other projects, worked with Retirement Living TV as an editorial contributor.
His death notwithstanding, footage of Cronkite at the anchor deck figured to be prominent, as the 40th anniversary of man landing on the moon is July 20. On that date, History is scheduled to air Moonshot, a recreation of the event that also includes archival fare.