(New York Daily News) Ever-eloquent Mario Cuomo, a son of Queens who rode his rhetorical gifts to three terms as New York governor and tantalized Democrats by flirting with a run for President, died Thursday. He was 82.
Cuomo passed away five hours after his oldest son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was formally sworn-in to a second term in Manhattan. The elder Cuomo was too ill to attend. He died of "natural causes due to heart failure" at his Manhattan apartment surrounded by his family, Andrew Cuomo's office said.
"He couldn't be here physically today ... but my father is in this room," Andrew Cuomo said in his inaugural address.
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