Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who pilloried the powerful and celebrated working people in columns for Newsday, the New York Daily News and other publications, died Sunday morning. He was 88, according to his widow, Ronnie Eldridge. Dr. William Cole, the Breslin family physician and a friend for the past 15 years, said Breslin died in his Manhattan home at about 8 a.m. Sunday.
See photos of Breslin through the years.
Journalist Jimmy Breslin in pictured in an undated photo.
From left, Mrs. Moyers, columnist Jimmy Breslin and then-Newsday editor Bill Moyers chat at a party at Southampton's Gin Lane in 1969.
In this June 18, 1969, photo, columnist Jimmy Breslin, left, and author Norman Mailer concede defeat in New York City's primary election after Mailer's unsuccessful bid for mayor, with Breslin as his running mate for city council president, at their election headquarters in New York. After their predictable loss, Breslin observed, "I'm mortified to have taken part in a process that has closed the bar for the better part of the day."
Jimmy Breslin in his Forest Hills home on Feb. 5, 1970.
Jimmy Breslin with his wife, Rosemary, in their home in Forest Hills on Feb. 5, 1970.
Author Norman Mailer, left, shares a drink with newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York during a 50th birthday celebration for Mailer, Feb. 6, 1973.
In this Aug. 11, 1977, photo, Jimmy Breslin, left, sits at police headquarters in New York after the arrest of David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam serial killer suspect who had contacted Breslin with several cryptic messages during the killing spree.
New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin speaks to reporters after winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in the newsroom in New York on April 17, 1986.
Jimmy Breslin at the Newsday office in Melville on Aug. 18, 1988.
Columnist Jimmy Breslin is shown in this photo taken on Aug. 18, 1988.
Jimmy Breslin at Newsday's office in Melville on Aug. 18, 1988.
Jimmy Breslin is shown on Aug. 18, 1988.
Jimmy Breslin in Oct. 22, 1990 photo.
Jimmy Breslin poses for a photo on Nov. 5, 1991.
Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin talks with then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton at the Stage Deli in Manhattan on April 6, 1992.
Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin at Sparks Steak House in Manhattan on May 22, 1992.
Ron Kuby, left, attorney for Darrell Cabey, talks with Darnay Hoffman, center, attorney for Bernhard Goetz, as Jimmy Breslin stands at right before the start of Cabey's $50 million civil suit against Goetz in Bronx State Supreme Court on April 17, 1996. Goetz was being sued by Cabey, one of four young men Goetz shot on a subway train on Dec. 22, 1984, after they demanded $5.
Jimmy Breslin poses for a portrait at Long Island University in Brooklyn on April 3, 1997.
Jimmy Breslin poses for a photo in his apartment on Nov. 2, 2004.
Jimmy Breslin is shown in March 2011.