Legendary Author and Columnist, Jimmy Breslin, Dead at 88

By David Shankbone- David Shankbone CC BY-SA 3.0

By David Shankbone- David Shankbone CC BY-SA 3.0

Jimmy Breslin, the iconic and Pulitizer Prize-winning columnist who mesmerized New Yorkers with simple but stirring prose for nearly half a century, died Sunday at his Manhattan home.

A family friend said Breslin, who was 88, died at his Manhattan home this morning after falling ill with pneumonia.

With his brash, street smart take on the city, Breslin was a fixture in New York journalism for more than 40 years, mostly with the New York Daily News.

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A hardnosed newsman, Breslin also campaigned for office in the 1960s and exposed the city's worst corruption scandal in decades in the 1980s. Jimmy once boasted, "I'm the best person ever to have a column in this business.There's never been anybody in my league". "Long before 9/11, Jimmy was showing how great average New Yorkers are", Sen Charles Schumer tweeted.

Breslin was also an accomplished author, writing The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, Damon Runyon: A Life, and I Want To Thank My Brain For Remember Me. He also corresponded with serial killer David Berkowitz, also known as the "Son of Sam".

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