San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies suddenly at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who became the city's first Asian-American mayor when he was named to serve out the remainder of Gavin Newsom's term in January 2011, died suddenly early Tuesday morning, city officials said.

"It is with profound sadness and bad grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away", the mayor's office said in a statement.

Lee became the city's first Asian-American mayor after he was first appointed by the board of supervisors in 2011 when former Mayor Gavin Newsom vacated the position to become lieutenant governor of California.

Lee changed his mind and won a four-year term in 2011.

Lee died at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Tuesday at 1:11 a.m, his office said in a statement released a few hours after his death.

Lee was the fourth of six children and grew up in housing projects, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

Lee helped establish the technology industry in San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee served his community with passion and humility, broke historic barriers, led with a compassionate heart, and was a valued friend and colleague.

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

"Ed Lee's unfaltering belief in justice, fairness, and equality for all not only served San Francisco, it touched people throughout California and the world", Garcetti said.

In accordance with the City Charter, Board of Supervisors President London Breed became Acting Mayor of San Francisco, effectively immediately, CBS San Francisco reports.

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

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 worked as a housing activist and civil rights attorney for 13 years as a member of the Asian Law Caucus before joining city government in 1989 as the city's first investigator under its whistleblower ordinance.

Willie Brown, who was San Francisco's 41st mayor, told KRON4 he is "still numb" to the news, and says "we have lost our leader".

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