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Former New York City mayor Ed Koch

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch speaks near the Brooklyn Bridge in this March 23, 2010 photo in New York, in advance of the National Geographic exhibition “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at Discovery Times Square Exposition. Ed Koch, the tough, fast-talking mayor of New York in the turbulent 1980s, died February 1, 2013, aged 88. Koch had been facing heart and other health problems. STAN HONDA, AFPGetty Images