New York’s Brash Former Mayor, Ed Koch, Dies At 88

Source: Steve Almasy / CNN

Ed Koch, the brash former New York City mayor who typically greeted constituents with a “How’m I doin’?” died Friday at the age of 88, his spokesman said.

Koch died of congestive heart failure, spokesman George Arzt said. The former mayor felt very tired Thursday morning and was admitted to the intensive care unit, Artz said. Koch lost consciousness that afternoon and ultimately passed away around 2 a.m. Friday.

The lawyer-turned-public servant was a U.S. congressman from 1968 until he ran for mayor of the city in 1977 He served three terms until David Dinkins defeated him in a Democratic primary.

New York City has lost “an irrepressible icon,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

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