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First Asian-American Mayor of San Francisco Dies at 65

Mayor Edwin Lee, 65, of San Francisco died on Tuesday at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital after suffering a heart attack. His position is temporarily filled in by Board of Supervisors President London Breed as acting mayor until such time a new mayor is elected in June 2018. During his term as mayor spanning from 2011 until his death Lee was a staunch supporter of civil rights, especially of undocumented immigrants’ rights, and declared San Francisco as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants against the federal government’s aggressive immigration policies. Lee was the son of Chinese immigrants and a former civil rights lawyer. He was likewise worked as San Francisco’s city government investigator for whistle blowers, human rights commission director, city purchaser, public works director, and city administrator until he was elected as the first Asian-American city mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Lee is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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