Maurice Ferré, the former six-term mayor of the City of Miami, died Thursday at age 84.
Ferré had been battling cancer for the past two years. He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Mercedes Malaussena Ferré, his six children and grandchildren.
Born in Puerto Rico, Ferré initially was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served from 1967-1968. He was elected mayor of Miami in 1973 and stayed in the position until 1985.
Flags in Miami were lowered to half-staff, and there will be a funeral procession to honor his legacy.
“It’s a very sad day. To lose a mayor, Ferré was an icon in the city, someone who is in many ways the father of modern Miami. Someone who helped make Miami what it is today,” current Mayor Francis Suarez said.
Ferré was an alumnus of the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and a graduate of the University of Miami.