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 passed away around 2 a.m. Friday.
After he left office, Koch — whose ebullient personality made him popular nationwide — practiced law, hosted a radio show, was a newspaper columnist and made countless appearances on TV series as himself. His cameos included “Sex and the City,” “Spin City” and “Picket Fences.”
For two years starting in 1997, he was the judge on the syndicated show “The People’s Court.”
He also reviewed movies online at The Mayor at the Movies site (mayorkoch.com).
In his later years, Koch became politically motivated again. In 2011, he grew upset after President Barack Obama called for Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders, with land swaps, as the basis of a Mideast peace deal.
On the day of the special election, Turner won in an upset with 54% of the vote, with Koch standing next to him while he gave his victory speech.
“I like President Obama … I helped get him elected,” Koch said at Turner’s election night party. “But he threw Israel under the bus.”
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