Lou Cioffi, a broadcast journalist who covered the Korean War in the 1950s, the Vietnam War in the 1960s and the hostage crisis in Iran in the 1980s, died on Saturday at his home in New York. He turned 72 last week.

The cause was complications from liver cancer, his son, Marc, said.Cioffi, a native New Yorker, began his career as a foreign correspondent in 1952, when he was assigned by CBS News to cover the Korean War. He went on to report on insurrections in Algeria and the wedding of Princess Grace and became the network's Paris correspondent.

Joining ABC News in 1961, Cioffi filed radio and television reports from Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, covered the famine in Ethiopia in the mid-1980s and received an Emmy for his coverage of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi in 1981. He also served as the network's U.N. correspondent for many years, retiring in 1988.

Marc Cioffi said Sunday that his father's liver cancer was diagnosed in December.