SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 22: (L-R) Co-Executive Chairman & CEO, Golden State Warriors Joe Lacob, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, and Co-Executive Chairman of the Golden State Warriors Peter Guber poses together for this photo at a press conference with the Golden State Warriors announcing plans to build a new sport and entertainment arena on the waterfront in San Franciso in time for the 2017-18 NBA Season on May 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Phyllis Lyon (C), half of the first same-sex couple to be married in San Francisco's 2008 gay marriages, is escorted by California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom (L) and San Francisco mayor Ed Lee during a rally after hearing results from the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, United States. The high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. Lyon was widowed two months after she married Del Martin. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 20: San Francisco mayor Ed Lee takes cover under a desk as he participates in the "Great California ShakeOut" earthquake drill at William L. Cobb Elementary School on October 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. An estimated 8 million Californians will take place in the fourth annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill which will help educate residents prepare for a major earthquake. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - DECEMBER 03: Anita Lee and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee attends the 2018 Breakthrough Prize at NASA Ames Research Center on December 3, 2017 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, left, and Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews, center, flex their arms to mimic the pose of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick while standing for photographs at a news conference for Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco, Thursday, June 5, 2014. Super Bowl 50 is scheduled to be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., in 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 26: Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants (R) is presented with the key to San Francisco by mayor Ed Lee (L) for his perfect game pitched on June 13, 2012 before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on June 26, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Posted: Dec 12 2017 10:49AM PST
Updated: Dec 13 2017 11:46AM PST
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