Lee passed away at the age of 65.
San Francisco mayor Ed Lee passed away early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack. Lee, who rose to national fame for being the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco, was a close ally of the tech community. He was 65.
“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,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.
Board of Supervisors President London Breed has been sworn in as acting mayor.
The tech community sent condolences via Twitter. Here’s what we’ve seen so far; we’ll update as more come in.
I’m so sad to hear of the passing of Mayor Ed Lee, one of the nicest & kindest leaders I’ve ever known. I’ll always remember my favorite lunch with him where he asked me to focus Salesforce on improving the SFUSD Middle Schools. May the one who brings peace bring peace to all. pic.twitter.com/YGiQNBb7Mb
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) December 12, 2017
Ed Lee was a good man. When some tried to get his city to replicate NYC’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program, he refused and resisted. As president of the NAACP, I was grateful he heard us then. Still am. https://t.co/zbt1VMjazk
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) December 12, 2017
RIP Ed Lee, San Francisco’s first Asian American mayor and all around good guy.
— Biz Stone (@biz) December 12, 2017
The passing of Mayor Ed Lee is a very sad day for San Francisco and all of us who knew him. My heart and thoughts are with Ed’s family and friends and the city I love.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 12, 2017
I am deeply saddened by the passing of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He was a tireless advocate for civil rights, raising the minimum wage and affordable housing. Today, San Francisco mourns and celebrates his public service. #Sanfrancisco #mayoredlee #SF https://t.co/BjcN0xH9zp pic.twitter.com/UaCNv90zyJ
— Max Levchin (@mlevchin) December 12, 2017
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. He was a fierce advocate for civil rights and worked tirelessly for workers’ rights and his leadership will be missed. Keeping the mayor’s family in my prayers during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/SpU8EttETK
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 12, 2017