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‘60 Minutes’ Producer Adrian Taylor Dies at 60

TV news producer Adrian “Clem” Taylor, who recently won a Peabody Award for his “60 Minutes” segment about an improbable orchestra in the heart of the Congo, died Friday at age 60.

Taylor had been battling pancreatic cancer since May 2013. He died at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J.

Taylor’s last “60 Minutes” segment featured the small-town group of men who staged the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

In a statement released Friday, “60 Minutes” exec producer and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said, “Clem was a wonderful man, a great friend to so many of us, and a world-class producer. His most recent story was a classic and memorable ‘60 Minutes’ story that made him very proud, as it did the rest of us.”

The Emmy winner worked at CBS News for nearly 20 years, the last four of which he spent at “60 Minutes.” In the news division, Taylor became a senior producer for “The Early Show” in the late 1990s and previously served as a producer in Washington, Dallas, and New York.

During the decade he spent at ABC News, Taylor produced reports for “Primetime Live,” “20/20,” and the broadcast “What Would You Do?” His producing resume also includes time at Fox News, CNBC and ESPN.

A graduate of Boston College, Taylor also worked for Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker early on his career but returned to journalism after one year, becoming a producer and then a reporter at National Public Radio.

Taylor is survived by his wife, son and daughter as well as his parents, brother and sister. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday in New Jersey.

(Pictured: Taylor’s Peabody-winning segment on the Congo orchestra)

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