Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor, dead at 65

Ed Lee, the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco, dies at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee with Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and then-Police Chief Greg Suhr in 2013.

Lee reportedly suffered a heart attack and collapsed Monday night while shopping at a Safeway grocery store, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family", the statement said.

He reiterated his continuing support for sanctuary cities last month after a Mexican man who had been repeatedly deported was acquitted of murder in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle in a case that sparked national debate, saying that San Francisco would remain a city of tolerance, love and acceptance.

Lee became the city's mayor in 2011, when he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to fill the mayoral seat vacated by Gavin Newsom, who went on to be come lieutenant governor. Lee was San Francisco's first Asian-American mayor. Chung, who noted the death of Chinatown dynamo Rose Pak just over a year ago, said Lee's death was a second hard blow. "He was trained to be a social worker", said Mel Lee.

"He knew the rhythms and the workings of San Francisco at the most granular level, and dedicated decades to improving the lives of all San Franciscans", she said in a statement.

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Lee presided over San Francisco during pivotal years when Silicon Valley giants took off and revolutionized industry while causing home prices in his city to skyrocket. Most famously using tax incentives to convince Twitter Inc to create a grand headquarters in the city, Lee added a business-friendly note to a city known for its liberal progressive policies.

Lee was born on May 5, 1952 in Seattle to immigrant parents from China.

Lee, pictured at the Pride Parade in June, was the city's first Asian-American mayor.

Lee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College in ME in 1974 and went on to study law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lee's ascension to Room 200 gave both Oakland and San Francisco Asian-American mayors at the same time. "He was comfortable and natural and respectful".

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