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Ed Bradley Dies of Leukemia

11/9/2006 2:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary CBS newsman Ed Bradley passed away earlier this morning at the age of 65.

Sources connected with CBS tell TMZ that several days ago, as a result of leukemia, doctors removed Bradley's spleen and subsequently his body shut down.

Bradley, who won 19 Emmys during his 25-year stint with "60 Minutes," had been ill for some time and underwent heart surgery about a year ago.

Bradley first joined the staff of "60 Minutes" in 1981 when Dan Rather left to replace Walter Cronkite as the anchor of the "CBS Morning News."

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peter    

for those of you wondering what you can do in the fight against leukemia (since it is a disease that can be beaten with a little help from our friends), get yourself tested (blood test, only a teaspoon) to see if you match any of the millions of people looking for bone marrow donors.

giving bone marrow (if you match someone) is literally as easy as lying on a hospital bed watching tv and having an IV hooked up to each of your arms. blood circulates out of your body through one arm, through a filter, and back into your body in the other arm. the filter collects bone marrow (which your body constantly resupplies). the bone marrow is then used to save someone elses life. you just saved a life. it's that easy. you sat on a bed for 4 hours watching TV.

to learn more, please visit:
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daisy    

How sad. He was a good man.

2813 days ago
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Gen-X    

RIP, Ed. You were a class act to the end.

2813 days ago
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Ken    

I'm sorry to hear this. Mr Bradley was an alum of my high school and he came back to speak to us when I was there. He had an amazing way with words, a true respect for the profession, and provided us all with an inspiration. Rest in peace.

2813 days ago
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Ms. D' Augerbine in D.C.    

Ed Bradley was such a vibrant and classic journalist with such an inviting laid back personality that kept viewers intrigued for many decades. "Easy Ed" is truly a legend.

2813 days ago
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Exile    

Ah this is very sad. He was such a good man. RIP.

2813 days ago
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carla    

What a huge loss.

2813 days ago
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Denise    

Wow, I'm truly stunned by this news. May he RIP.

2813 days ago
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NursePollyPeptide    

I didn't even know he had leukemia. What a terrible way to go. He is in a good place. Bless his family members

2813 days ago
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pj    

Ed, RIP........so sad, he was the coolest journalist around! I totally respected this man.

2813 days ago
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LB    

May the peace of God rest, rule and abide with the family of Mr. Bradley. He was an inspiration to us and a picture of what we can aspire to.
No more pain in your earthly body, fly free now and forever!
RIP.

2813 days ago
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wendy    

Very sad.....He was a true pioneer.

2813 days ago
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Wicked    

So sorry to hear this sad news. R.I.P. Ed Bradley.

My condolences to your family.

2813 days ago
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ILovePapaSmurf    

This is so sad. He was an inspiration.

2813 days ago
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tridiv    

Our condolences to the family of Mr. Ed Bradley. He WAS the coolest TV journalist around. He will not be forgotten.

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