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10/30/2014 12:54 pm ET Updated Oct 30, 2014

Obama: Tom Menino Was 'Bold, Big-Hearted, And Boston Strong'

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President Barack Obama issued a statement Thursday on the death of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, praising the longtime mayor's commitment to revitalizing his city.

"Bold, big-hearted, and Boston strong, Tom was the embodiment of the city he loved and led for more than two decades," Obama wrote.

Menino, who served as mayor from 1993 to 2014, died Thursday at the age of 71. He was diagnosed with advanced cancer earlier this year, shortly after he left City Hall.

Read Obama's full statement below:

Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Menino. Bold, big-hearted, and Boston strong, Tom was the embodiment of the city he loved and led for more than two decades. As Boston's longest-serving mayor, Tom helped make his hometown the vibrant, welcoming, world-class place it is today. His legacy lives on in every neighborhood he helped revitalize, every school he helped turn around, and every community he helped make a safer, better place to live. I had a chance to speak with Tom’s wife, Angela, yesterday, and today our thoughts and prayers are with her, with the entire Menino family, and with the people of Boston who Tom loved so much, and who loved him in return.

Read more on Menino here.

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