Richard Brown, longtime NYC DA who prosecuted Karina Vetrano case, dies at 86

PHOTO: In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York.PlayMary Altaffer/AP, FILE
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Longtime Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown died late Friday.

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He was 86 years old.

In January, Brown announced that he would not seek re-election and step down on June 1, "due to increasing health problems associated with Parkinson’s Disease," according to a statement from Queens Chief Assistant District Attorney John M. Ryan.

Ryan was sworn-in as acting district attorney Saturday, sources told ABC News.

Brown was first appointed Queens County District Attorney in 1991 by then-Governor Mario Cuomo and stayed in office for nearly 28 years. He was re-elected for seven terms, Ryan's statement said.

PHOTO: Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announces indictments against three police officers involved in the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting death of Sean Bell March 19, 2007, at the Queens County District Attorneys Office in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images, FILE
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announces indictments against three police officers involved in the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting death of Sean Bell March 19, 2007, at the Queens County District Attorneys Office in New York City.

Brown's office prosecuted a number of high profile New York City cases, including that of several police officers who shot Sean Bell, an unarmed black man who was killed after his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, which resulted in no convictions.

PHOTO: In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Mary Altaffer/AP, FILE
In this June 11, 2015, file photo, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York.

Most recently his office prosecuted and won a conviction against Chanel Lewis for the 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano, a 30-year old woman who was beaten, sexually abused and strangled while jogging near her home in Howard Beach, Queens.

Brown is survived by his wife Rhoda, and their three children.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112th Street in Forest Hills, Queens.