NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) -- Longtime CBS New York reporter John Slattery died overnight from a heart attack, the station reported Thursday.
The veteran journalist, who spent more than 30 years covering major stories, was a four-time Emmy Award winner. Slattery, 63, had just filed his final story hours before his unexpected death. His wife Suzie was by his side.
"He personified excellence in television journalism for more than three decades. With his steady and straightforward delivery, our John Slattery brought us momentous stories," CBS New York reported.
Slattery was one of the first reporters on the scene of the World Trade Center attack during 9/11. He even witnessed the second plane strike.
The reporter interviewed subway vigilante Bernie Goets in the 1980s. He was also one of the first reporters to have a one-on-one interview with former President Richard Nixon post-Watergate.
Slattery covered local and international news during his career, including Superstorm Sandy, the "Miracle on the Hudson" water landing and reports from Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.
“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” said Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television Stations, in a statement. “During his nearly 30-year career at WCBS, he was great at reporting the news and was someone we counted on to cover big stories for us, both here in New York and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Suzie, and their children and grandchildren.”
Several friends and colleagues went to Twitter to express sadness over Slattery's death.
So honored to have called you my colleague and friend. We will truly miss you, John Slattery. pic.twitter.com/oa6jlb7JZO
— Janelle Burrell (@BurrellTV) September 25, 2014
A TV news Giant passed away today WCBS' John Slattery was a gentleman,family man. Honored to have called him friend http://t.co/ywvZT486b8
— Sukanya Krishnan (@SukanyaNYC) September 25, 2014
John Slattery, a stand up man, a fine reporter and an integral part of Inner Circle. You will b missed my friend, RIP
— lynne white (@LynneWhite) September 25, 2014
A grey day. Our friend John Slattery has passed. We go on with warm memories and tears.
— Lou Young (@LouYoungNY) September 25, 2014