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Remembering Ed Bradley

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

I don't want to say goodbye to Ed Bradley. It's all too soon. Too sudden.

I spoke with him just a month ago. He didn't look great, but then he hadn't exactly looked himself since he had heart bypass surgery a couple of years ago.

Ed was a superstar. Everyone knew him. I don't anyone who didn't like him. And that superstar thing — he never acted the part. It seemed he always had a moment for everyone.

In this business, it's easy to get caught up in the adrenaline of the moment, to be become overwhelmed. That never happened to Ed.

Some called him "Easy Ed," though that moniker belied the truth of one of the hardest-working people at CBS News. Even with his health problems, he had more stories on "60 Minutes" than anyone else in the last three years. And Ed was nice to everybody. He was the same with the security guard as he was with any head of state.

No, I'm not ready to say goodbye to Ed Bradley.

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By Harry Smith
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