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Ex-NYC Mayor Koch hospitalized

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has been hospitalized for anemia, an aide said.

Koch, 87, has been "looking weak recently," said George Arzt, Koch's former press secretary.

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Koch checked into Columbia-Presbyterian hospital at the urging of a doctor friend, the New York Post reported Wednesday. Hospital officials told the Post Koch will be released, possibly as early as Wednesday.

The 12-year Big Apple mayor underwent a quadruple bypass in 2009 after suffering a heart attack and stroke. He has remained politically active in the years since leaving the mayor's office and is still a force in New York City Democratic politics, the Post noted.

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