New York City woke up Saturday morning without one of its most recognizable and beloved figures.
Spokesman George Arzt said Koch died at 2 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital of congestive heart failure. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
Statements and condolences have been pouring in since news that former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died early Friday morning.
“Shock, frankly, all though I knew that Ed was not well and I knew that we has in intensive care. Still, I was not quite prepared for that,” Dinkins said. “He seems to be indestructible. I thought he’d go on forever.”
Just two days after he was released, former Mayor Ed Koch was back in the hospital Monday.
Koch was admitted Saturday night with fluid in his lungs and swollen ankles.
The 88-year-old was admitted Saturday night with swollen ankles, according to spokesman George Arzt.
Koch said Friday through a spokesman: “There’s no fear of my not making my birthday party next week.”
Spokesman George Arzt said he was having lunch with the former mayor on Tuesday when Koch said he didn’t feel well.
Ed Koch, who turns 88 on Dec. 12, was “admitted this afternoon to New York-Presbyterian Hospital with a respiratory infection. The infection is being treated with antibiotics,” spokesman George Arzt said in a brief release.
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