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Andy Rooney’s college roommate nearly dies at funeral


Andy Rooney was among the '60 Minutes' journalists who gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Nov. 10, 1993, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show. Left to right: Mike Wallace, Andy Rooney, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, Ed Bradley, Leslie Stahl and Executive Producer Don Hewitt.



Andy Rooney’s college roommate nearly died at the CBS commentator’s funeral, which was held today in New York City.

TMZ broke the story that Bob Ruthman, Rooney’s friend since they attended Colgate University together in the 1930s and 1940s, had a heart attack at the Century Club during lunch for memorial service guests. TMZ reported that Rooney’s son, Brian, announced to the crowd that Ruthman had died. However, Ruthman was revived by medics and transported to an intensive care unit at a New York hospital, according to the Web site.

Rooney died on Nov. 5 at age 92 from complications following minor surgery, according to a CBS statement. He worked for CBS for 60 years, sharing his curmudgeonly perspective on life in 1,097 essays for "60 Minutes.”

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