(NYPOST) — It was the city’s largest legal payout last year — $15 million to be split among a group of beggars.
But the Bronx panhandler who started it all never got to see a happy ending. Instead, he died penniless and alone in January, leaving behind his wife and unborn child.
Eddie Wise became the city’s most famous bum in 2005 when he sued the NYPD to defend his right to peacefully panhandle. He was dropped from the class-action case in December 2006 in exchange for the handout of a lifetime: $100,001.
Back then, people honked their horns and shouted his name. Some yelled, “The $100,000 man!” and “Hey, Mr. Millionaire!”