Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies

Jimmy Breslin in 2002, AP photo

NEW YORK (AP) – Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the legendary street-smart chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, has died. He was 87.

Breslin’s stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said he died Sunday of complications from pneumonia.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and longtime New York Daily News columnist was one of the sharpest observers of New York City life.

A hardnosed newsman, Breslin also campaigned for office in the 1960s and exposed the city’s worst corruption scandal in decades in the 1980s. He once boasted that he was the best person ever to have a column in the news business.

Breslin’s well-known work, “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight,” told the story of the Boston mob, and he wrote of his own life in his memoir “I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me.”

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