New York’s Retired Cardinal Edward Egan Dead At 82
He was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 pm, the archdiocese announced.
“Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and sacraments of his loyal priest secretary, Father Douglas Crawford, in his residence at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop, said in a statement.
Egan succeeded Cardinal John O’Connor, a major figure among American Catholics. He was elevated to cardinal in May 2001, and retired in May 2009, a month after he was hospitalized and outfitted with a pacemaker.
Before Pope John Paul II named him New York archbishop, he served as bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., from 1988 to 2000.
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