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Edward Koch, Former Mayor of New York, Dies at 88

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Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. Mr. Koch had experienced coronary and other medical problems since leaving office in 1989. But he had been in relatively good health despite -- or perhaps because of -- his whirlwind life as a television judge, radio talk-show host, author, law partner, newspaper columnist, movie reviewer, professor, commercial pitchman and political gadfly.

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