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January 25, 2013

Obituary: Larry Selman, New Yorker Who Helped Charity $1 at a Time

Larry Selman, a developmentally disabled man whose decades of collecting tiny donations for charity in his Greenwich Village neighborhood inspired an Academy Award-nominated film, died Sunday at age 70 of an apparent heart attack, writes The New York Times.

Mr. Selman moved to the Village after his mother's death in 1968 and two years later began fundraising, asking for $1 or $2 from people he met in his community. By some estimates he raised more than $300,000 for St. Vincent's Hospital, AIDS research, 9/11 victims, animal rescue, and other causes.

His life and charity work were the subject of The Collector of Bedford Street, a short documentary directed by one of his neighbors that was nominated for an Oscar.