The network said in the statement that Rooney is in stable condition.
The three-time Emmy-winner was a regular presence on television's most popular newsmagazine. Since 1978, "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" wrapped up the Sunday night program, often with a look at the absurdities of life and language.
Rooney could talk about what was in the news or what was in his closet. One of his Emmy Awards was for an essay about whether there was a real Mrs. Smith behind Mrs. Smith's Pies.
To pay tribute to Rooney, we're bringing back a slideshow of a few of his essays from "60 Minutes." Some of the recent favorites are in there, from his musings on Bill Gates and Lady Gaga to his complaints about processed food and umbrellas. We've even included his interview with Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G, where he attempts to correct the character's English.
In his last regular segment, available in the final slide, he talks about his 70-year career as a writer, and why, if you ever see him at a restaurant, you should just leave him alone and let him eat his dinner.
Watch a series of quintessentially Rooneyesque essays: