Former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman dies

(CNN) — Mel Lastman, the former mayor of Toronto, has died at the age of 88, the city said Friday.

Lastman died peacefully on Thursday evening, Mayor John Tory said.

In an official announcement, Tory said, “While Mel undoubtedly will be remembered for his legacy of iconic personality and accomplishments as mayor, his lasting legacy will be his commitment to the city, and the heart he gave Toronto every day of his life.”

“He was a true all-American success story,” the statement said.

Toronto native Lastman was a popular hockey player in the 1930s, and went on to a successful career as a fixture in the hockey crowd, according to his biography on the website of his company, Lastman Outdoor Advertising.

He ran for mayor in the 1980s, serving until he stepped down in 1996. He was elected again, serving as mayor from 1997 to 2003.

Known for his charismatic smile and his affinity for Southern fried chicken, the popular mayor often hosted celebrities for campaign events and events.

Lastman is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dolly, and their three daughters, Gayle, Lori and Penny.

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