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Ed Koch was an outspoken attorney, author and media commentator who was the mayor of New York City from 1977 to 1989.
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He also worked as the judge on the TV show The People's Court from 1997 to 1999.
Koch made significant contributions to the world of publishing as well, having released 17 books over the course of his career, including Politics (1985), His Eminence and Hizzoner (1989) and Ed Koch on Everything (1994). He was also deeply devoted to his Jewish heritage.
In the political world, Koch was known for throwing support across party lines,
endorsing Rudolph Giuliani for mayor—though Koch would later state that Giuliani was a "nasty man" who was too dictatorial—and Michael Bloomberg when he was running on the Republican mayoral ticket. Koch also supported the re-election campaign of President George W. Bush and the later presidential bids of Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Koch suffered from heart trouble in his later years, wearing a pacemaker and undergoing quadruple bypass surgery in 2009. With a documentary on his life opening the same day, Edward Koch died on February 1, 2013, in his true-blue home, New York City.
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