Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

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Posted: Oct 30, 2014 11:48 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, has died at age 71 from cancer, a former spokesman said on Thursday.

Menino ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule.

"I am truly sad to learn of the death of Mayor Thomas M. Menino," said spokesman is John Guilfoil.

His final year in office was marred by the attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, when a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers killed three people and injured more than 260 people when they set of two homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line.

Months after ending his final term, Menino disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer and on Oct. 23, 2014, said he would halt his cancer treatments to spend more time with his family.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Doina Chiacu)