One of New York's charismatic leaders is dead at the age of 88.

This article titled “Ed Koch dies at 88: the former mayor who ‘gave New York its swagger back'” was written by Tom McCarthy, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 1st February 2013 15.01 UTC

Ed Koch, a former New York mayor admired for his fiscal discipline and beloved for his big mouth, died Friday morning of congestive heart failure, a spokesman said. He was 88.

“New York City has lost an irrepressible icon and our most charismatic cheerleader,” the current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, said in a statement. “Ed Koch was a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend.”

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