Mr Ed Lee, the first Asian-American mayor of a mayor US city, passed away this morning at the age of 65 due to cardiac arrest.
The city of San Francisco published the following statement: "It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital,”
“Family, friends and colleagues were at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family."
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Mr Lee, who was elected in 2011, lead the bay city during a development boom that was built on tech companies growing in both worldwide recognition and unprecedented wealth.
Under his leadership, San Francisco saw unemployment dropping to record low levels whilst new buildings were erected allover as the city gained enhanced status as the global capital of the tech industry.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We have Mayor Ed Lee’s family in our thoughts this morning. He died a few hours ago. <a href="https://t.co/6lsvNoks1v">https://t.co/6lsvNoks1v</a> for updates.</p>— Audrey Cooper (@audreycoopersf) <a href="https://twitter.com/audreycoopersf/status/940540295866806272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 12, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The symbol of San Francisco under his leadership became the new tallest building, the Salesforce tower.
Lee’s election as the first Asian-American to reach such a post was considered a landmark moment for San Francisco’s influential Chinese American population.
Many of them had come to San Francisco from various Asian countries during the gold rush era of the beginning of the previous century but were faced with discrimination, both by the city government and many of their fellow residents.