San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed now the city’s acting mayor speaks in the San Francisco City Hall rotunda following the death of Mayor Edwin Lee Tuesday Dec. 12 2017

'Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family'.

Lee was the 43rd Mayor of San Francisco and has served the city since 2011.

Lee, 65, died of a heart attack, the San Francisco Examiner said.

The 65-year-old was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 1:15am local time, surrounded him his friends and family, according to a statement from his office. As a result, Osaka ended its "sister city" relationship with San Francisco.

While he was initially reluctant to hold the seat, Lee did eventually decide to run for for the seat, which he won in November 2011. Chung, who noted the death of Chinatown dynamo Rose Pak just over a year ago, said Lee's death was a second hard blow. The Mayor loved and served our City for many decades. He also created the Department of Homelessness and created a housing trust fund to provide more affordable housing in the city.

Lee was born in 1952 in Seattle, Washington to parents who immigrated to the US from Taishan, Guangdong Province, China in the 1930s.

Flags fly at half-staff over City Hall in San Francisco Calif. after Mayor Ed Lee died Tuesday Dec. 12 2017
Flags fly at half-staff over City Hall in San Francisco after Mayor Ed Lee died Tuesday

Lee arrived at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital by ambulance shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday, hospital Chief Executive Dr. Susan Ehrlich told a news conference.

- SF Sheriff's Dept. (@SheriffSF) December 12, 2017Oakland sends its condolences to Anita, her daughters, and all San Franciscans today.

Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in ME in 1974 and went on to study law at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a fierce advocate for civil rights and worked tirelessly for workers' rights and his leadership will be missed. She will have those duties until the board votes on a successor although that is not required, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.

"Sometimes he wasn't the most brilliant public speaker and he didn't seem super comfortable in that role, but when he talked to people on the street and in the Navigation Center, it was another side of Ed Lee", she said.

The last San Francisco mayor to die in office was George Moscone, who was murdered by a disgruntled former Board of Supervisors member in 1978, leading to the ascension of then-Board of Supervisors President Dianne Feinstein to mayor.

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