PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement regarding the passing of Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and co-owner Lewis Katz. Katz was among seven killed in a fiery plane crash bound for Atlantic City:

“I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear this terrible news. I just talked to Lewis on Wednesday morning to congratulate him and Gerry Lenfest on their winning bid for the newspapers.

“Lewis was such a ‘full of life’ guy, always optimistic and forward looking, always wanting to push the envelope and do good things for Philadelphia and Camden. He would talk with me and other officials about what he could to do to make life better for children and improve the image of our great City. His passion for education, children’s sports programs and improving the business climate in our City were just a few of the things that he would always talk to me about.

“Lewis was a humble, soft spoken guy with a big heart who never forgot where he came from or how he achieved success. Our City and region will miss his commitment and passion, and our hearts and prayers go out to Drew and the entire family. May God Bless Lewis Katz.”