Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dies at 82
He died the same day his son Gov. Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for a second term
Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York, died Thursday. He was 82.
The news was confirmed to CNN by his son, Chris Cuomo, where he co-hosts the morning show New Day. No details have been released on how Cuomo had died.
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Cuomo served three terms in office from 1983 to 1994. Often courted by Democrats to run for president, he retired from politics after being defeated by George Pataki in a bid for a fourth term. Cuomo is also the father of current New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who was sworn in for his second term today.
At his inauguration, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made reference to his father's ill health.
"We're missing one family member. My father is not with us today. We had hoped he was going to be able to come. He is at home, and he is not well enough to come. We spent last night with him. … We stayed at my father's house to ring in the New Year with him."
Figures in the news and entertainment industry reacted to Cuomo's death on Twitter.
So sorry to hear about the death of Mario Cuomo. RIP Governor and heartfelt condolences to the Cuomo family.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 2, 2015
RIP Governor Mario Cuomo. One of the greatest progressives this country has ever known. He will be greatly missed...— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) January 2, 2015
I covered Mario Cuomo and he thought nothing of calling a reporter on a Saturday and shooting the breeze for an hour. RIP— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) January 2, 2015
So saddened by Mario Cuomo's death. He was my FIRST guest on Larry King Live & one of the brightest men ever. His was a great American life!— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 2, 2015
Prayers are with the Cuomo family on passing of the legendary Mario. Great Gov., great Dem., great man.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) January 2, 2015
"I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week." -- Mario Cuomo— Ben Sherwood (@bensherwood) January 2, 2015
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Gov Cuomo a proud son of immigrants, possessed of a soaring intellect & a great New Yorker.— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) January 2, 2015
Mary Pat and I send our deepest condolences to Matilda, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 2, 2015
Governor Cuomo was a mentor and a friend. I'll miss those jokes and I'll really miss him.— Gov. David Paterson (@NYGovPaterson55) January 2, 2015