NEW YORK (AP) _ Former television news correspondent Lou Cioffi, who covered conflicts from the Korean War to the American hostages in Iran, has died at 72.

Cioffi died of complications from cancer on Saturday in his New York City home, according to his son Marc.

Cioffi won an Emmy Award for his 1981 interview with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Earlier that year, Cioffi broke the story that the Ayatollah Khomeini had accepted U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim as a mediator in the American hostage crisis in Iran.

Cioffi became United Nations correspondent for ABC in 1977 and served there until his retirement in 1988.

``He is remembered here at ABC, not only for his great reporting but for being one of the real gentlemen of news,'' ABC anchorwoman Carole Simpson said Sunday night.

In 1975, he won an Overseas Press Club award for his coverage of the armed conflict between the Greeks and Turks in Cyprus.

After serving in the Navy during World War II, Cioffi worked as a copy boy with CBS News in New York and was quickly promoted to writer.

He covered the Korean War and received the Purple Heart. Later, he became a correspondent for CBS in Paris and Washington.

He joined ABC News in 1961 and was assigned to Paris as its bureau chief. A year later he became the first television reporter to deliver live newscasts from Europe to the United States via satellite.

In addition to his son, Cioffi is survived by his wife and one grandson.