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Ed Koch, former NYC mayor died this morning after being in and out of the hospital in recent weeks. Koch was admitted back into the hospital after he complained of shortness of breathing, but was ultimately transferred the intensive care and died at am Friday morning of congestive heart failure.
Ed Koch, the three-term mayor whose irascible exuberance and “How’m I doin’?” tagline made him synonymous with New York chutzpah, died early Friday morning. He was 88.
Koch was in and out of the hospital in recent weeks, battling a fluid buildup around his lungs that caused shortness of breath and made speaking difficult.
He was unconscious when he was moved to the intensive care unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia Thursday afternoon, and died at 2 a.m. Friday of congestive heart failure.
Cardiologist Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum was by the quintessential New Yorker’s side when he died.
“The mayor died with dignity,” a nurse at the hospital said. “He didn’t suffer.”
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