Former mayor of New York Ed Koch has passed away in New York today (February 1), just as Neil Barsky’s documentary Koch (pictured) begins its theatrical run in the Big Apple.
Koch, who presided over New York City during the late 1970s and ’80s, passed away at the age of 88, from congestive heart failure. His death followed a year of repeated hospitalizations.
The documentary which carries his name had its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival and its West Coast premiere at the 2013 Palm Springs Film Festival. Zeitgeist Films launches the doc today in NYC, with a run in Los Angeles following from March 1, at The Royal, Town Center and Playhouse 7.
In a statement issued prior to Koch’s passing, Barsky said: “Making a documentary about Ed Koch was an easy call. I cannot think of a New Yorker as popular or as polarizing. Ed Koch’s story is in many ways the story of the city.”