Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has died.
Just one week after announcing that he was going to suspend his cancer treatments to spend time with his family, the 71-year-old passed away. According to CBS Local, Menino was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he was visited by Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Wednesday night. Dot Joyce, spokesperson for Menino, said that he was “resting comfortably” at the time.
Menino retired from office this year after not being able to keep up with the demanding job. He served as mayor from 1993 to 2014. He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and soon learned that the cancer had spread to his liver. Menino previously had a rare sarcoma on his back which was removed by doctors in 2003, and suffered from other health problems over the years.
According to WCVB, Boston’s former mayor left behind a legacy. He loved the city of Boston, and while some people didn’t agree with his politics, he did a lot for the city throughout his years as mayor.
While many remember the mayor for things like the “Big Dig” and the DNC in 2004, he was instrumental in helping the city get back on their feet after the 2013 marathon bombings. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Menino connected with the people after the tragic events that took place on April 15, 2013, and was there one year later to speak about this city and how strong the city is following the attacks.
Thomas Menino is survived by his wife, Angela, their two children, Susan and Thomas Jr.; and six grandchildren.
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