San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dead at 65

Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in the city that brought with it sky-high housing prices, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. He was 65 years old.

"It is with profound sadness and bad grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday", his office said.

"Ed was not a politician", Breed said at a City Hall press conference Tuesday morning.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf spoke highly of her late her friend, saying in part, "Mayor Ed Lee served his community with passion and humility, broke historic barriers, led with a compassionate heart, and was a valued friend and colleague".

In accordance with the City Charter, Board of Supervisors President London Breed became Acting Mayor of San Francisco, effectively immediately, CBS San Francisco reports.

Lee inherited a town still recovering from the Great Recession.

Some of Lee's accomplishments in office including raising San Francisco's minimum wage to higher than the state of federal minimum wage. To them it was the final straw for middle-income people struggling to find housing they could afford in San Francisco. Lee was appointed interim mayor by the Board of Supervisors in 2011 after professing no interest in taking on the job permanently. But he reversed that promise, claiming he was persuaded by a "Run Ed, Run" campaign manufactured by his backers.

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Lee, the child of immigrants, was a staunch supporter of San Francisco's sanctuary city policy toward people who are in the country illegally.

"The impact of that loss - I don't think any words could describe our feelings right now, " Chung said.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, a close personal friend of Lee's, said the mayor was shopping at Safeway when he collapsed last night and rushed to the hospital.

Like so numerous people Lee worked with, San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen described his genuine charm.

But Ed Lee apparently had another worry.

"We were always allies on the national front", Quan told KQED. "I'm glad for the things we're able to accomplish". "Many of these things that we fought for as pretty young people, right now we're trying to defend and hold onto".

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