Legendary political consultant and former Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch passed away this afternoon Columbia Presbyterian hospital from complications from kidney disease, according to a statement from his family. He was 72.
The sudden passing sent shock waves through the city’s political world, with friends and former colleagues expressing shock and disbelief at the news.
Congressman Charlie Rangel reacted to the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Monday, expressing deep sadness at the loss of a long-time friend and the oldest member of the senate, whom he said America “loved so much.”
“Oh shit,” he said when told about the news of Mr. Lautenberg’s death at 89 by a reporter at a press event outside of Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. “Oh God.”