PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., who presided over the renaissance of Rhode Island’s capital city but twice was forced from City Hall following felony convictions, died Thursday. He was 74.
- Read: Cianci’s obituary
Cianci died at 9:40 a.m. at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, the hospital said. He was rushed there Wednesday night after suffering stomach pains while taping his weekly WLNE-TV show.
His death was separately confirmed by Artin Coloian, a prominent attorney who served as Cianci’s chief of staff until 2002.
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- Local: Federal Hill restaurant reserves Table 5 as tribute to Cianci
- Reaction: Former colleague reacts to Cianci’s death
- Related: A look back at Buddy Cianci’s radio legacy
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The news of Cianci’s sudden passing sent shockwaves throughout the community.
Reaction came pouring in, with local leaders remembering the lasting impact he had on the capital city and the state of Rhode Island.
Watch our special presentation – a reflection on Buddy’s life – in the video above.
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