A man who said he found his bliss in asking tough questions in a quest for what he considered great television is dead. Mike Wallace died in a convalescent home Saturday. He was 93. His legacy is one that has been captured in audio and video recordings for posterity. Considering his more than 70-year career, Wallace is likely to stand out as a journalism legend for several generations of people in New Jersey and the rest of the country.
Wallace leaves behind a great number of heirs. He is survived by a number of ex-wives, the latest of which was the former Mary Yates. There is his son, Chris; a stepdaughter and two stepsons; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Besides his journalistic legacy we can presume there is a significant estate that will be distributed in accordance with a comprehensive will.
No cause of death has been reported at the time this post is written. But it had been known that Wallace had been slowly declining in health for some time. Wallace had had cardiac issues for some time. He had had a pacemaker implant more than 20 years ago and in 2008 he underwent triple bypass surgery.
CBS, the network for whom Wallace worked for so many decades, reports that the family is in the process of making private funeral plans. For its part, the network says this Sunday's edition of "60 Minutes" will be a special program dedicated to Wallace. A further memorial will likely be assembled and presented later this spring.
In the meantime, flowers are expected to be placed at the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame placed in Wallace's honor.
Source: USA Today, "Mike Wallace memorial tributes planned," Ann Oldenburg, April 9, 2012