Edward Cardinal Egan, New York City’s Archbishop Emeritus, Dies at 82

March 5, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Edward Cardinal Egan, an American Cardinal with the Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop Emeritus for New York City, has died, according to reports on Thursday.

He was 82.

Local media reports confirmed his death.

The local Archdiocese posted a statement about his passing, which can be read here:

The cardinal was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 pm, cause of death was cardiac arrest. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Cardinal Egan was born on April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. His Eminence was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on December 15, 1957.

Cardinal Egan was consecrated a bishop in 1985. From 1985 – 1988, Cardinal Egan served as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar for Education of the Archdiocese of New York. In 1988 he was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport by Pope John Paul II. In the year 2000, he was appointed Archbishop of New York and made a cardinal in 2001.

In May of 2009, at the age of seventy-seven, Cardinal Egan was retired as Archbishop of New York. He maintained and assisted in the works of the Archdiocese, while serving on a number of offices of the Vatican.