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Legendary Daily News columnist
Jimmy Breslin dead at 86

New York Daily News, by Jason Silverstein

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 3/19/2017 10:46:35 AM

Tabloid titan Jimmy Breslin — the cigar-chomping, hard-nosed newspaperman who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Daily News’ columns championing ordinary New Yorkers — has died, according to two friends of his family. He was 86. The cause of death was not immediately released. The curmudgeonly ink-stained wretch — whose velvety and witty writing style uplifted the downtrodden and eviscerated the scoundrels — crafted scores of columns for The News, Newsday, the New York Herald Tribune and New York Journal American. For more than 40 years, James Earl Breslin was a newspaper reporter New Yorkers trusted and clamored to read,


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oldbuffalo, 3/19/2017 11:43:15 AM     (No. 11194665)

He was only 86? Seems like he should have been 120.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Historybuff, 3/19/2017 1:10:45 PM     (No. 11194761)

Breslin helped me on a historical piece, taking a phone call out of the blue, and spending a half hour of his time with me. A real gent.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jir, 3/19/2017 1:32:38 PM     (No. 11194791)

Years ago when I lived on the Upper Eastside, I passed by him as he was walking up 1st Ave., he was eating fries out of a bag, his face covered in grease. He had a nice long life. I hope he died in peace. I did not agree w/his politics at all, but he certainly was an excellent & colorful writer.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 3/19/2017 2:16:44 PM     (No. 11194821)

His witnessing of Bobby Kennedy´s killing changed him, but then his kind of Democrat is extinct now.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 3/19/2017 7:51:48 PM     (No. 11195042)

He guest-hosted SNL in 1986 - before the web, when not many of us outside of New York knew much about him. Appeared as Nora Dunn´s guest on ´The Pat Stevens Show´ to promote his new book:

JB: "I was always writing my column in the Daily News; the book I was doing separately, it took me 10 solid years of writing."

PS: "Well, holy mackerel! Let´s be thankful Jackie Collins doesn´t work at that snail´s pace!"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/19/2017 11:20:04 PM     (No. 11195156)

I frequently didn´t agree with him, but he sure could turn a phrase. Some of his columns were masterpieces asserting the value of the common man. His column about the man who dug JFK´s grave was unforgettable.

He was a genuine New Yorker, from the outer boroughs, and he was able to talk with everyone from millionaires to mobsters.

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