SAN FRANCISCO - Community leaders from around the Bay Area responded with sadness Tuesday about the unexpected death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee overnight.
Lee died at 1:11 a.m. today at San Francisco General Hospital at the age of 65. Family, friends and colleagues were at his side at the time of his passing, according to the mayor's office. He is survived by his wife Anita and two daughters, Brianna and Tania.
Lee is being remembered fondly by the city he served.
“Mayor Lee was a tireless advocate for LGBTQ equality who worked to make San Francisco a stronger, more vibrant, and inclusive community. As the first Asian American mayor in the city’s history, he was both a trailblazer and a dedicated public servant admired by millions. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all those grieving his loss today." - Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin
"We are stunned and saddened by the news of Mayor Ed Lee’s sudden death this morning. The lasting impact he leaves on the City of San Francisco is a timeless tribute to his incredible leadership and vision. His love and passion for sports, including the Warriors, defined him as much as his witty humor and engaging personality. We will be eternally grateful for his commitment to the building of Chase Center — once termed his "legacy project” as Mayor — and his dedication to making San Francisco one of the greatest cities in the world." - Golden State Warriors
“The citizens of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area have lost a wonderful man and a tremendous leader with the passing of Mayor Lee. Our hearts go out to Anita, Tania, Brianna and his entire family. Ed was a friend that we came to admire deeply for his compassion for others and his tireless work to effect positive change in both his city and throughout society.” - San Francisco 49ers
We were deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Mayor Ed Lee. He was a true San Franciscan who devoted his life to serving our great city and to supporting those most in need. He was the Giants' number one fan and we are blessed to have shared so many wonderful memories together. He will be dearly missed by everyone in our organization. - San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer
"INVESTMENT IN YOUTH"
"Mayor Lee understood that an investment in our youth is an investment in the future of San Francisco. Under his leadership, thousands of youth gained employment and college scholarships, preschool quality and access grew, and our city and school district resources are more coordinated, resulting in greater benefits for our youth. Teacher housing was also very important to the Mayor and we are moving closer to making this a reality." - Vice President of the San Francisco Board of Education Hydra Mendoza.
"His intellect, unshakable integrity, boundless optimism and contagious love for San Francisco elevated the City to greater heights. He steered San Francisco with an unshakable hand, an indomitable spirit, and a great sense of humor." - Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
"2 LEGIT 2 QUIT" - MC Hammer