John Zuccotti, 78, A former New York City deputy mayor and real estate developer whose namesake plaza in Manhattan became the home base of the Occupy Wall Street movement has died.

Mr. Zuccotti was the chairman of global operations at Brookfield Properties. Brookfield executive Ric Clark says in a statement issued Friday that Mr. Zuccotti died following a brief illness.

Mr. Zuccotti had worked for the company for more than 25 years. He also served as the city's first deputy mayor in the 1970s and held various other jobs in city and federal government. - AP