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Robert Morgenthau Dies At 99, Was Longest Serving New York D.A.

Patch logo Patch 7/22/2019 Colin Miner
Robert M. Morgenthau wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Provided by Planck, LLC, d/b/a Patch Media

NEW YORK, NY – Robert Morgenthau, who spent 34 years as Manhattan District Attorney, died Sunday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 99.

Morgenthau, who inspired the character of the district attorney on Law and Order and prosecuted mobsters, rapists, murders, large corporations and more, was the longest serving district attorney in New York. He announced his "early" retirement in 2009, saying he would not seek a tenth term.

The New York Times first reported his death, quoting his wife, novelist and former reporter, Lucinda Franks. Friends later confirmed his death to Patch.

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