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Ed Koch

Dead at 88

2/1/2013 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201_ed_koch_gettyEd Koch -- one of the most popular mayors in New York City history -- died early this morning at the age of 88.

Koch had been hospitalized earlier this month for a lung ailment. He was also hospitalized last September for anemia and battled pneumonia last December.

Koch served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969-1977 and three terms as mayor of New York City from 1978-1989. He's credited with rescuing the city from dire financial straits during his time in charge.

He once described himself by saying, "I'm the sort of person who will never get ulcers. Why? Because I say exactly what I think. I am the sort of person who might give other people ulcers."

After his time in office, Koch served as a judge on "The People's Court" from 1997-1999.

Koch was never married and has no children.

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myopinion    

RIP Judge Koch

544 days ago
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girlshark    

RIP Mr Mayor. You served your city well.

544 days ago
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BellaJ    

May he rest in peace <3

544 days ago
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boo    

My condolences to his family. Harvey, sorry for your loss.

544 days ago
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KanyeWest    

God bless you RIP

544 days ago
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Truth    

I REMEMBER THE DUDE ON PEOPLE'S COURT... #RIP #TRUTH!!

544 days ago
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PG    

R.I.P. My honorable Koch, you will be missed.

544 days ago
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pattycakes not to be confused with pattycake    

Rest in peace Ed Koch. I moved to New York when you were mayor. You were looking forward to going home last week and writing. Seems like you were vibrant and clear headed until the end. I'm glad you didn't lay in a hospital bed but I really thought you were gonna get better. Unfortunately you were taken from us. Loved you man!

544 days ago
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Phreaky    

Aww loved him, RIP Mr. Koch.
Also knew more were coming after that Xgames guy died yesterday - always in 3's. One more.

544 days ago
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bellagrazi    

Awe, I loved Ed Koch! He was a good guy. And super funny. RIP, Mayor.

544 days ago
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seamus     

RIP to the best mayor New York City ever had. So sad.

544 days ago
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Mary Ann McQueen    

Mayor Ed Koch was a great leader and politician. He was one of the first public officials to fearlessly ask anyone and everyone, "How am I doin'?" He will be missed. RIP Mr. Mayor.

544 days ago
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BigMunKnee    

RIP Mayor Koch. I was one of your "neighbors" across the river (Jersey) and in ALL MY YEARS, have NEVER heard a (then)voting-age, native New Yawka' say ONE BAD THING about you!

544 days ago
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kburn    

I was on his People's Court show, he saw in my favor, very funny, intelligent and kindhearted gentleman, RIP Mayor Koch!

544 days ago
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Joey    

RIP Mr Mayor you brought the City back from the grave. Thank you for all that you did for NYC

544 days ago
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