David Dinkins, who has been served as New York City's first and only African American mayor during the 1990s, died on Monday. He was 93.
Dinkins' health assistant found him unresponsive in his apartment Monday night, NBC New York and the New York Post reported, citing sources. His departure was confirmed to Reuters by a source. Dinkins was born in 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey. He attended Howard University and Brooklyn Law School.
As CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported, Dinkins was a kind and dignified man who referred to the city’s diverse population as the “gorgeous mosaic” and he had a soft spot in his heart for children, all children, so much so that after he took the oath of office he said he would dedicate his administration to bettering the life of the children of New York.
In the 1989 mayor's race, Dinkins defeated the three-term incumbent Democrat Mayor Ed Koch, and Rudy Giuliani, a Republican prosecutor who would come back to defeat Dinkins four years later. "I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him," Giuliani said on Twitter. "He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City."