Cardinal Edward Egan, who led New York’s 2.5 million Catholics as archbishop for nine years, died Thursday. He was 82.
A statement from the archdiocese said the cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 p.m.
Egan, who was brought in from Bridgeport, Conn., in part to shore up the New York Archdiocese’s finances, served as archbishop between 2000 and 2009.
Although his tenure was sandwiched between the terms of two more colorful archbishops — Cardinal John O’Connor and Cardinal Timothy Dolan — Egan was credited for inspiring and comforting New Yorkers during the 9/11 tragedy.
“Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today,” Dolan said in a statement. “Join me, please, in thanking God for his life, especially his generous and faithful priesthood.”
Dolan said Egan was stricken at his residence at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
SOURCE: New York Post