Ed Lee, the mayor of San Fransisco, died at 65-years-old after an unexpected heart attack. Lee, a well-respected civil rights lawyer, was the first Asian-American to be elected as mayor of San Francisco.
Lee’s office released a statement on Tuesday morning, saying “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Family, friends and colleagues were at his side.”
According to Brent Andrew, a spokesman for the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, said Lee arrived at the hospital in an ambulance at about 10 PM on Monday night.
Ed Lee Cause Of Death: Heart Attack
Lee, the 65-year-old Mayor of San Fransisco, died of an unexpected heart attack on Tuesday, December 12.
Lee became the Mayor of San Fransisco in 2011 after he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to fill the mayoral seat vacated by Gavin Newsom. Initially reluctant to be mayor, Lee did eventually decide to run for for the seat, which he won in November 2011. He then went on to win re-election in 2015.
Born in Seattle in 1952, Lee was one of six children of Chinese immigrants who came to the United States in the 1930s. Lee’s mother was a seamstress and his father, a war veteran, died when Lee was just a teenager.
After receiving a scholarship from Bowdoin College, Lee moved to San Fransisco in 1975 to study law. The 43rd mayor of San Francisco, Lee was the first elected mayor of Chinese descent.
According to a statement from the mayor’s office, Board of Supervisors President London Breed became acting mayor of San Francisco, effective immediately.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.