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SF Mayor Ed Lee dies suddenly at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (1952-2017)
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SF Gate

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died from a heart attack early Tuesday morning, he was 65.

Lee, the city’s first Asian American mayor has been in office since 2011 after Gavin Newsom stepped down to become Lieutenant Governor of California. After that Lee went on to win the election in November of that same year.

SF Gate reports that Lee was shopping at a Safeway grocery store near his Glen Park Home at about 10:30 pm on Monday night when he suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital.

The 65-year old passed away at approximately 1 am on Tuesday morning. He was surrounded by friends and family.

The mayor’s office released a brief statement about his passing:

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

Flags at San Francisco’s City Hall are flying at half-staff today.

Many politicians and city officials mourned his loss after hearing the news, “I am utterly and totally grief-stricken,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, “My heart breaks for (Lee’s wife) Anita and the mayor’s daughters. The entire city family is grieving right now. It’s a very stressful and difficult time. We’ll get through it together. I’m in shock, it’s still hard for me to believe. I was just with him on Saturday.”

Supervisor Aaron Peskin was tearful in her statement about the loss.

“Even though he didn’t support me when I ran for supervisor a couple years ago, he was somebody who was a brother who I admired, not only as the first Chinese American mayor in San Francisco but as somebody who loved the community and was fun to hang out with,” Peskin said.