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US TV news legend Walter Cronkite dies

world Updated: Jul 18, 2009 07:45 IST

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US TV news legend Walter Cronkite, dubbed "the most trusted man in America" for his calm delivery during a tumultuous period in US history, has died in New York at the age of 92, said the CBS network, where he spent most of his career.

Cronkite had for years been suffering from cerebrovascular disease, The Washington Post reported, quoting relatives, and died yesterday.

Cronkite presented the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981. During that time he delivered the news on civil rights unrest, the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam war, the Cold War, the moon landing, and the Watergate scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon.

Cronkite's period as a news anchor coincided with a time that television reigned supreme as the dominant media in the United States.

"It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite," CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said in a statement.

Brian Williams, the current evening anchor on rival NBC News, told MSNBC that "Cronkite used to address the nation; other people delivered the news."

The esteem that Americans had for Cronkite was highlighted in a 1972 opinion poll that found him more trusted than any politician, religious leader or sports hero.