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May 1, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Healey, whose Runyon’s: A New York Saloon became the sports world’s crossroads of players, umpires, writers, television executives, police and fans, has died. He was 77.

Healey died Tuesday at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, of prostate cancer, according to his wife, Leeanne Healey. She said he had been diagnosed with it about 20 years ago, and the cancer became more aggressive about 16 months ago.

Healey was a son of James Christopher Healey, a congressman from the Bronx from 1956-65.

Runyon’s opened in 1977, a second bar opened nearby in the 1980s and it was a celebrated sports hangout until closing in 1996.

A funeral Mass is planned for June 1 at St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach.


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