Sheldon Silver, a former New York Assembly Speaker, has died. He died on Monday, January 24, 2022, at the age of 77.
Silver was one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges.
Sheldon Silver’s cause of death: How did he die?
According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, Silver died in federal custody on Monday.
The cause of his death is still unknown as they said it would be determined by the medical examiner.
Silver’s supporters had complained about his failing health from multiple medical conditions.
The bureau has disclosed that he had been serving his sentence at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, but was in a hospital in nearby Ayer, Massachusetts, at the time of his death.
The Manhattan Democrat, who told a judge he prayed he would not die in prison, was serving a more than a six-year sentence for using his clout in state government to benefit real estate developers, who rewarded Silver by referring lucrative business to his law firm.
Silver is survived by his wife Rosa Silver and and four children; Michelle Trebitsch, Edward Silver, Janine Silver and Esther Fried.