Vincent "Buddy" Cianci dies at age 74

Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci has died at age 74 Thursday morning, according to his former Mayoral Chief of Staff Artin H. Coloian. 

Cianci, the two-time Mayor of Providence (elected in 1974 and 2000), had been rushed to Miriam Hospital Wednesday night after suffering from abdominal pains during the taping of his political feature on ABC6.  Cianci, widely recognized for spearheading the Renaissance of Providence during his Mayoral runs, had been battling cancer.  Both times, Cianci was forced out of office due to legal issues. one on assault charges and the other on a corruption convction that saw him serve time in prison. 

Visiting hours for Cianci have been scheduled at Providence City Hall on February 6-7 will be from 12pm to 6pm.

Cianci most recently was back hosting his radio talk show at 630 WPRO after an unsuccessful run for Mayor of Providence in 2014, an election won by current Mayor Jorge Elorza.  

Elorza's office released the following statement Thursday morning: 

“My thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Cianci’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. Mayor Cianci’s love for the City of Providence is undeniable and his mark on the city will not be forgotten,” said Mayor Elorza. “I have ordered flags at City Hall to be flown at half-staff as we make arrangements to recognize his memory.”

Click here for more details from the Providence Journal.