Breslin first made national headlines when he was attacked in 1970 by mobster Jimmy Burke after an investigative piece he wrote disparaged a fellow mobster. In 1977, Breslin began receiving letters from the Son of Sam while working at the New York Post.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1986. He also worked for the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News and Newsday.
He also appeared on the big screen in such classic films as “Summer of Sam,” “If I Ever See You Again” and “RECOiL.”
He is survived by his second wife, Ronnie Eldridge, and four children.