Ed Koch, the 88 year old former New York City Mayor, died in New York Presbyterian Hospital early this morning. According to People on Feb. 1, Koch’s spokesman has confirmed this information to new outlets.
Koch was the mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. He was often called Hizzoner for doing things his own way. Koch had a long history of cardiac problems and has been to the hospital repeatedly in the last six months.
Koch’s most recent trip was this past week. This hospital visit caused him to miss the Museum of Modern Art premiere on Tuesday. The premier was for a documentary about his life and is to open in limited release on Friday. The documentary is named “Koch.”
After being a mayor, Koch hosted TV’s “People’s Court” from 1997 to 1999, wrote a book which was adapted into the off Broadway musical “Mayor,” returned to the practice of law and penned a newspaper column.
Ed Koch was very well known for his strong opinion. He was a very well respected man and he will be greatly missed.