Legendary Columnist Jimmy Breslin Dies at 88

Legendary New York Daily News columnist and author Jimmy Breslin has died at the age of 88.

His death was announced Sunday morning by The Daily News, where Breslin was a columnist for many years.

Breslin's stepdaughter says he died of complications from pneumonia in his home in Manhattan.

Covering city news for over 60 years, the Pulitzer Prize winner was well-known for his ability to sniff out corruption, particularly in the political world.

He also gained notoriety as the press contact for the "Son of Sam" serial killer.

Breslin also wrote several acclaimed books, including "How the Good Guys Finally Won" and "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight."

In addition to writing for The News, Breslin worked at the New York Journal-American, The Herald Tribune, New York Newsday and Newsday.

His friends and fellow reporters Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett once described him as "an intellectual disguised as a barroom primitive," in their 1988 book about Ed Koch, "City for Sale."

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