San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died just after 1 a.m. local time
at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the
San Francisco Examiner
“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,” his office said in a
statement, according to the Examiner.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two
daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family.”
Lee will be succeeded by San Francisco Board of Supervisors
President London Breed. Lee was originally appointed by the board
as mayor in 2011, and won reelection in 2015.
As of Tuesday morning Lee’s cause of death remains unclear.
As recently as last week, Lee joined his “Fix-It Team” cleaning
up the streets of the city and addressing quality of life issues.
Lee presided over San Francisco during pivotal years when Silicon
Valley giants took off and revolutionized industry while causing
home prices in his city to skyrocket.
Lee was San Francisco’s 43rd mayor, but the first of Chinese
ancestry in a city that served as a hub for Chinese immigration
as far back as the 1850s.
But Lee’s run as mayor ran into international controversy
recently, when he accepted a statue from South Korea
commemorating the “comfort women” who the Japanese military used
as sex slaves during World War II.