SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed says that Mayor Edwin Lee has died. He was 65.
Breed said early Tuesday that Lee passed away just after 1 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
A statement from the mayor's office said: "It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday ... ."
The statement says family, friends and colleagues were at Lee's side.
Lee was not known to be ill. No other details have been released.
Lee was appointed as mayor in 2011, replacing Mayor Gavin Newsom, who was elected the state's lieutenant governor. He went on to win the 2011 election and was re-elected in 2015.
He was known for his work against homelessness.
Breed assumes the role of acting San Francisco mayor.
My deepest sympathies for Mayor Ed Lee’s wife and daughters, family and friends, and the city of San Francisco. He was a wonderful man who gave so much to his city. 65 is far too young, his light, laughter and leadership will be deeply missed. https://t.co/LDYNzVRwEt— Darrell Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) December 12, 2017
Prayers for the city of SF and for the family of a great public servant Mayor Ed Lee.— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) December 12, 2017
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