Jimmy Breslin


Age: 88

columnist and author who scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy's gravedigger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear, who became the brash embodiment of the street-smart New Yorker chronicling wise guys and big-city power brokers but always coming back to the toils of ordinary working people in a writing career that spanned 60 years, who was a fixture for decades in New York journalism with the New York Daily News and won a Pultizer Prize for pieces that exposed police torture in Queens and took a sympathetic look at the life of an AIDS patient, among other things and who was also a best-selling author whose novel The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight was his comic account of warring Brooklyn mobsters that was made into a 1971 movie, whose other works include Damon Runyon: A Life, an account of another famous New York newsman and storyteller, and his memoir I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: October 17, 1928

Died: March 19, 2017

New York City, New York