Mayor Ed Lee Dies at 65

London Breed is currently acting mayor of the city.

Ed Lee (Jessica Christian)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has died, his office confirmed Tuesday morning. He was 65. 

Former Mayor Willie Brown told the Examiner that Lee was shopping at his neighborhood Safeway at 625 Monterey Blvd. when he suffered a severe cardiac arrest.

His office confirmed the news this morning, stating that he passed away at 1:11 a.m. in San Francisco General Hospital, with family, friends and colleagues at his side. 

Lee is survived by his wife Anita, and two daughters, Brianna and Tania. 

In accordance with the law, the president of the Board of Supervisors — London Breed — was made Acting Mayor of San Francisco, effective immediately.

Breed, along with supervisors Aaron Peskin, Jame Kim, Ahsha Safai and Norman Yee, gathered at the hospital early this morning to offer their condolences to the family.

A small memorial on the steps of City Hall.

Sen. Scott Wiener released a statement this morning, saying he is “just floored that Mayor Lee is gone.”

The pair held a press conference together on Monday, only hours before Lee collapsed. “He was his normal, jovial self,” Wiener says. 

“Ed served as mayor during a period of unprecedented growth in our city and an unprecedented housing shortage,” Wiener added, saying that “he never got the credit he deserved as arguably the most pro-housing mayor in the history of San Francisco, with a huge amount of affordable housing created or approved under his Administration.”

SFPD Chief Bill Scott called Lee “a great leader,” saying his staff is “shocked and saddened by his passing.”

District Attorney George Gascón sent condolences from both himself and his wife Fabiola.”This is an unspeakable loss for San Franciscans, but the unimaginable grief that has settled on the Lee household as the holidays near is heartbreaking.” 

Looking ahead, City Hall is about to undergo a big shakeup.

 

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