San Francisco Supervisor London Breed Takes Over as Mayor Following Death of Ed Lee

Acting San Francisco Mayor London Breed briefed reporters from City Hall Tuesday morning hours after it was confirmed that the city’s mayor Ed Lee had passed away suddenly at the age of 65. Breed will serve in the acting role until the Board of Supervisors votes to choose a replacement. She is the first African American woman to ever hold the job.

Leaders from across the Bay Area have offered their condolences to Lee’s family and the residents of San Francisco.

An autopsy is pending, but Lee is believed to have most likely died of a heart attack. He  collapsed at a Safeway store and was pronounced dead at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital at 1:11 a.m. Tuesday. Lee’s father also died of a heart attack at the age of 49.

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