Longtime CBS News Correspondent Harold Dow died suddenly Saturday morning of an apparent asthma attack at the age of 62.
Dow has been a correspondent for “48 Hours” since 1990 after serving as a contributor to the broadcast since its premiere Jan. 19, 1988. Dow was also a contributor to the critically acclaimed 1986 documentary “48 Hours on Crack Street,” which led to creation of the single-topic weekly news magazine.
Dow’s family released the following statement on Sunday:
“At the time of Harold’s death, he was suffering from adult onset asthma. On Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, Harold checked himself into the Valley Hospital emergency room in Ridgewood (N.J.) for severe asthmatic symptoms. According to the Hackensack Police Department incident report, an inhaler was found on the floor of Harold’s vehicle. Therefore, it is believed at this time that Harold succumbed to an asthma attack while behind the wheel.”
Dow was born in Hackensack, NJ. He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dow had been a correspondent for the CBS TV investigative news series 48 Hours since 1990, after having served as a contributor to the broadcast since its premiere on January 1988. He had been a contributing correspondent for 48 Hours on Crack Street, the critically acclaimed 1986 documentary that led to the single-topic weekly news magazine. Dow conducted the first network interview for 48 Hours with O. J. Simpson following the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Prior to his work with 48 Hours, Dow was a correspondent for the CBS News magazine Street Stories (1992–93), and had reported for the CBS Evening News and CBS News Sunday Morning since the early 1970s.
Harold Dow was married to Kathy Dow. They had three children together: Danica, Joelle, David. Funeral arrangments are pending.