FORMER PHILADELPHIA City Councilman, civic leader and piano player Ed Schwartz died Thursday morning at age 69.
Schwartz had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010 but had been feeling better and was frequently spotted attending Council's weekly Thursday sessions. He last attended two weeks ago, before the Thanksgiving break.
The cause of death has not been determined. Jane Shull, Schwartz's wife, suspects that he died from a heart attack.
"He had a pretty serious heart condition that could not be addressed anymore," Shull said. "He'd been living with that."
Shull said Schwartz fell into a deep depression after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, which made the condition worse. As the depression lifted this year, his health improved. She described him as "forgetful but still himself." He had returned to playing piano with a band at the Reading Terminal Market.