PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS/AP) — Former Providence, Rhode Island, mayor and two-time felon Buddy Cianci was taken by ambulance after collapsing at a portrait unveiling in his honor at City Hall.

A former campaign manager says Cianci was overcome by the heat in the crowded room and had to sit down. An ambulance was called as a precaution and took Cianci away after the portrait unveiling.

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Cianci was conscious and talking as he left.

Before Cianci collapsed, a portrait of him was unveiled at City Hall. Cianci couldn’t resist telling a one-liner referring to his criminal past.

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Cianci told a crowd Thursday evening it’s not the first time he’s “been framed,” a line met with applause and cheers.

Cianci was Providence’s longest-serving mayor. He spent 21 years in City Hall but was forced from office twice because of felonies. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year.

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