Former New York City Mayor dies at age 88

Ex-Mayor Koch Leaves Hospital After Recent Pneumonia Bout

Friday, Feb 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:04 AM EDT
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Ex-Mayor Koch Leaves Hospital After Pneumonia Bout

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Former Mayor Ed Koch will turn 88 next week.

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Former Mayor Ed Koch has been released from the hospital following a recent bout with pneumonia and flu.

Koch looked jovial as he spoke briefly Monday outside NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He was admitted last week.

He said he planned to go to his office briefly, then do some reading at home.

On Friday, Koch said through a spokesman that he was looking forward to celebrating his 88th birthday this Wednesday. He'll be at an annual reunion with members of his administration at Gracie Mansion, the official mayor's residence.

Koch also was hospitalized with anemia in September.

Koch served three terms from 1978 to 1989. The Democrat is famous for asking constituents, "How'm I doing?"

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