Walter Cronkite Rumored to be Near Death

TVNewser is reporting tonight that legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite is "gravely ill," so ill that the network has been "updating his obituary."

The 92 year-old Cronkite, whose signature sign-off, "And that's the way it is," rang through the living rooms of millions of American homes on a nightly basis from 1962 to 1981, grew up in Missouri and Texas before dropping out of college to take a job covering sports at a newspaper. He went on to work in radio and was eventually discovered by Edward R. Murrow, who brought him on at CBS.

Perhaps Cronkite's most memorable moment at CBS was his on-air reporting of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, a moment that perfectly encapsulated the unshakable gravitas that is sure to be his lasting legacy for years to come.

Walter Cronkite Gravely Ill [TVNewser]