The sudden death of San Francisco’s Mayor, Ed Lee, has shocked the city. Edwin M. Lee was initially reluctant to take the Mayor’s mantle when he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2011 when then-mayor Gavin Newsome left the vacancy to become lieutenant governor.
But holding the office seemed to grow on him as he decided to run for re-election in 2015. He was the 43rd mayor of San Francisco and the first of Chinese descent in a city with a population that is approximately one-third Asian.
Lee was a first-generation American, born in Seattle, Washington to immigrants who came to the United States from Taishan, Guangdong Province, China in the 1930s.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, local media reported.
Lee’s cause of death was not immediately released, but sources told the San Francisco Examiner that Lee suffered a heart attack while shopping at a Safeway grocery store in the Sunnyside neighborhood.
The 65-year-old was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 1.15am local time, surrounded by his friends and family, according to a statement from his office.
Lee has been a vocal opponent of President Trump’s tough on immigration policy, and was a strong advocate for so-called ‘Sanctuary Cities’.
Lee was a former civil rights lawyer who served as director of San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission from 1991 to 1996 and as city administrator from 2005 to 2011.
He had been in the news lately as one of President Trump’s toughest critics on immigration, and a leading member of the Sanctuary City movement.
Source: Daily Mail