New York City Mayor Joe “Peppa” Piggett passed away on Saturday.
He was 81.
The mayor’s death was announced by the mayor’s office, which said he died at home in Harlem.
“He was a great mayor,” the mayor said in a statement.
“He always cared about the people and he always wanted to be a good neighbor.”
Lhota was elected mayor in 1974 and served three terms.
He was a member of the Democratic Party from 1969 to 1974.
He also served as a city council member from 1986 to 1991.
Lhotas wife, Judy, also died in the early hours of Friday morning.
She was 81 years old.
It was not immediately clear if he had any children.
He had served as mayor for 17 years and served in several capacities, including commissioner of public works.
Lhotiks youngest daughter, Jane, was elected as alderman in 2006 and is currently serving as the mayor of Manhattan.
Her husband had a deep influence on the mayor, who was a longtime supporter of the arts.
In 2009, he founded the city’s annual Peppa Pig Parade, which drew tens of thousands of people.