In a short news release, officials said Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Family, friends and colleagues were at his side.
Lee has been mayor since January 2011, when the Board of Supervisors appointed him to replace Gavin Newsom, who resigned amid a sex scandal when it was discovered he had an affair with the wife of his campaign manager. Lee has since won two terms, in November 2011 and 2015.
Board of Supervisors President London Breed has assumed the Acting Mayor position.
Lee's biggest news has been his resistance to the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in keeping San Francisco a "sanctuary city." The resulting lawsuit is now headed to the Supreme Court.
Former Mayor Newsom now serves as California's Lt. Governor. In a recent turn of irony, Newsom has called for Assemblyman Matt Dababneh to resign after sexual harassment claims by a lobbyist and a former staffer.
While Lee's death is unexpected, our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Many things are more important than politics.