Popular mayor of Amsterdam dies after battling lung cancer

FILE – This is a Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 file photo of Amsterdam Mayor Eberhaard van der Laan as he speaks at Museum Square in Amsterdam. Eberhaard van der Laan the popular mayor of Amsterdam, who ran the city with a firm hand and compassionate touch, has died after a long battle with lung cancer. Van der Laan was 62. Amsterdam Municipality, which Van der Laan led for seven years before stepping down last month due to his failing health, said early Friday Oct. 6, 2017, that Van der Laan died Thursday night. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber, File)


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