Ed Koch died today at 88-years old, he was the three-term mayor of New York City and a man that the nation quickly recognized as someone who didn‘t mince words. According to Fox News on Feb. 1, 2013, Koch died in the hospital Friday morning at 2 a.m. after battling various health problems and heart disease.
According to "Fox and Friends" live on Friday morning, Koch died in the hospital being treated for "fluid in his lungs." This hospitalization was the second in recent weeks for the same health problem.
Koch became a national figure as N.Y.C’s mayor and a man known around the world. He’d flash his signature thumbs-up in good times, but his stern and serious side would emerge when facing problems and dilemmas that would come up in the country’s largest city.
He was a man who knew just how he appeared to others, he wrote in his autobiography, "I'm not the type to get ulcers, I give them.” He didn’t soften his words and he called things and people exactly how he saw them. He was not a fan of developer Donald Trump and a verbal war ensued with Koch calling him “piggy.” His successor Rudy Giuliani was a “nasty man,” according to Koch.
As the three-term mayor of the city, Koch would dismiss his critics as “wackos.” According to Fox News, he “once reduced the head of the city council to tears.”
Koch supported the politician and not necessarily the political party. He crossed party lines to support George W. Bush in his re-election campaign in 2004. He described himself a “liberal with sanity.”
Mayor Edward Koch will go down in the history books for sure as a N.Y.C. mayor who captured and kept the attention of the world with his political style. Many will remember Koch as a man who conveyed what he was feeling despite the controversy it may have caused.