Former Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Buddy Cianci Dead at 74

Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci has died at the age of 74.

Cianci was hospitalized Wednesday night after experiencing severe stomach pains while taping his weekly TV show. 

Cianci was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. 

In November, during his portrait unveiling at City Hall, Cianci felt dizzy and left in an ambulance. 

Cianci was the longest serving mayor in city history. He was forced from office twice due to felonies and went to prison for corruption. 

U.S. Senator Jack Reed released the following statement: "At this difficult moment, I hope his family and friends find peace and comfort in their memories of a unique personality and life. This is a time for reflection. Clearly Buddy Cianci cared deeply about his native city."

Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello issued the following statement: "We have lost a giant on the Rhode Island political landscape. Buddy Cianci moved the City of Providence forward with many impressive accomplishments. In his second career as a radio and TV host, he was an informative voice who engaged many Rhode Islanders in the political process. He will be deeply missed."

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