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Former Local Congressman William Coyne Dies

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former democratic US Congressman who represented the Pittsburgh area for more than two decades has died.

William Coyne died early Sunday morning of complications from a fall two months ago.

He lived in Oakland.

“Pittsburgh has lost a champion today,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “During Bill’s 11 terms in Congress, as well as his service in the state legislature and City Council, he never lost sight of the fact that he served Pittsburghers. His tenure was marked by his standing up for those who were unable to do so themselves, fighting for the working class, and diligently representing the blue collar community from which he came. Never seeking the limelight or making decisions based on what was politically popular, Cong. Coyne accomplished much for this community behind the scenes. His influence, congeniality and sense of purpose represented Pittsburgh like Pittsburgh itself.”

Funeral arrangements will be handled by John A. Freyvogel Sons Funeral Home in Shadyside.

Coyne was a quiet congressman who retired in 2003 when his district was combined with Mike Doyle’s.

Coyne was 77 years old.

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