SF Mayor Ed Lee’s Cause of Death Revealed

December 19, 2017 Updated: December 19, 2017

The cause of death for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was revealed by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.

It determined that he died last week of a heart attack. The office listed “atherosclerotic coronery artery disease” as the official cause of death for Lee, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

He was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Monday night and died at 1:11 a.m. last Tuesday, Dec. 12. Another condition listed as a factor in his cause of death is “hypertensive heart disease with cardiomegaly.”

The final report on Lee’s death will be released in the coming weeks.

“He was a true champion for the people,” U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, whose district includes San Francisco, said on Twitter.

Lee was appointed mayor in 2011 to fill the remainder of Gavin Newsom’s term when he was elected lieutenant governor. Lee became the 43rd mayor of San Francisco, which is steeped in Chinese American history, won his first full term later that year, and was re-elected in 2015.

“It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family.”


Reuters contributed to this report.