New York City’s first Black mayor David Dinkins has died at the age of 93.
The New York Post reported that Dinkins passed away Monday night from natural causes in his home on the Upper East Side around 9:30 pm after a home nurse discovered he wasn’t breathing.
His death comes a month after his wife Joyce died in their home at 89 years old.
Dinkins became Mayor in 1989 and often referred to New York City as a “gorgeous mosaic.”
He became the 106th mayor of the city after beating Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani gave his condolences on Twitter “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him. He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City. That service is respected and honored by all.”
Rev. Al Sharpton said, “David Dinkins was a forerunner to Barack Obama. He was elected saying the same things.
“He helped to change the psychology of American politics, making it more inclusive and more progressive.”
A gentle warrior has passed to the other side, the first & only Black Mayor of NYC, David Dinkins. A kind but tough man who stood for what he believed in without offending others unnecessarily. I knew him since I was a teen, he was the lawyer that incorporated my Youth group. pic.twitter.com/2EFzSKpefL
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) November 24, 2020