Former New York mayor Ed Koch has died at the age of 88. He passed away in the city he served for much of his life and loved passionately.
According to a report from Hollywood Life, Koch died at 2AM Friday and his funeral will be held on Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
Koch was a three-term mayor in New York City, but in addition to those years spent serving, his career spanned far and wide. He practiced law for many years, spent nine years as a congressman and two years on the New York City Council.
"Mayor Koch saved the City of New York from bankruptcy and in doing so restored the pride of New Yorker's," The Huffington Post reports.
Current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement Friday morning about the well-respected and beloved former mayor.
"Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback," he said.
Mayor Bloomberg added that Ed Koch was "an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion."
While it's sad to mourn the passing of such a notable public servant, his family members and closest friends are no doubt proud of the life he lived and the many differences he made in the lives of others. His legacy will long outlive his time on earth.
Condolences are no doubt pouring in from around the world to the late mayor's family. May he rest in peace.
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