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Former Providence Mayor Vincent Buddy Cianci dies at 74

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Former mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci. (AP photo) Former mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci. (AP photo)
PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) -

The former Providence mayor who dominated Rhode Island politics for parts of four decades before serving time for corruption has died.

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr., was 74.

Cianci's employer, WLNE-TV, and a friend, Artin Coloian, both confirmed his death. Coloian said he died Thursday morning.

Cianci presided over the resurrection of Providence from a decaying, Industrial-age relic to a 21st-century city with gondolas plying newly uncovered rivers.

His bare-fisted style of politics made Cianci larger than life even in a tiny state known for the outsized personalities of its public figures.

Cianci was forced from office twice, first in 1984, when he pleaded no contest to assaulting a man with a fireplace log.

His second administration ended in 2002 with a federal prison term for racketeering conspiracy.

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