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Who was Charles Osgood and what was his cause of death?

Charles Osgood, veteran CBS newsman and longtime host of “Sunday Morning,” has died. He was 91.

on January 23, 2024, news of Osgood’s passing shook the world — here’s a look into the life and death of the award-winning journalist.

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Charles Osgood in 2013. 5 Charles Osgood has died after a battle with dementia.

Who was Charles Osgood?

Charles Osgood was born Charles Osgood Wood III on January 8, 1933 in the Bronx and raised in Baltimore, the Fordham University grad worked in radio as an announcer before enlisting in the military to an emcee for the U.S. Army Band in the 1950s.

After his military stint, her returned to WGMS in Washington DC where he announced as Charles Wood. He would later become program director.

In the ’60s, he began going by Charles Osgood at ABC Radio Network because it already. had an announcer named Charles Woods. This is where he also became friends with Ted Koppel.

He joined CBS News in 1971 – first as a reporter, and then as an anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News from 1981 to 1987. He also co-anchored the weekday CBS Morning News and served as a frequent news reader on CBS This Morning from 1987-92.

He also occasionally anchored the CBS Afternoon News and CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. He used to sign off from TV with “see you on the radio” to promote his “The Osgood File” segments for CBS Radio. Those vignettes aired multiple times each weekday morning.

Osgood is survived by Jean, his wife of 50 years, and their five children and six grandchildren.

Charles Osgood
Osgood spent more than four decades at CBS News before retiring in 2016.

Charles Osgood cause of death

Charles Osgood passed away in his New Jersey home following his battle with dementia, his family told CBS News.

In a statement to the outlet, Osgood’s family wrote, “Charlie absolutely loved being part of the ‘Sunday Morning’ community. We’ll miss him terribly, but there is comfort in knowing his life was charmed, in large part thanks to you.”

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for welcoming him into your homes on Sundays to share stories, and to highlight the better parts of humanity,” they concluded. “He’ll see you on the radio.”

A rep for CBS Sunday Morning tells PEOPLE that the famed television personality will be honored with a special broadcast on this weekend’s broadcast.

Beyond his career in the newsroom, Osgood also made his film debut as the narrator for the 2008 adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who.

He was also an accomplished author and published a variety of titles that included: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House, Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Crisis That Is Minor in the Morning and There’s Nothing I Wouldn’t Do If You Wouldn’t Be My POSSLQ (Persons of the Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters).

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