San Francisco mayor dies at 65
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Ed Lee, mayor of San Francisco, died on Tuesday at the age of 65, CBS San Francisco reported.

London Breed, the president of the city’s Board of Supervisors, will now serve as acting mayor.

“It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away,” city officials said in a statement reported by CBS. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family.”

A press release reported by the news outlet said Lee died at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital at 1:11 a.m.

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Willie Brown, a former San Francisco mayor who is also friends with Lee, told CBS that Lee collapsed while grocery shopping on Monday night and was sent to the hospital.

Lee, San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor, was appointed to the position after Gavin Newsom left the post to serve as the state’s lieutenant governor. Lee subsequently won two elections.

“I don’t know San Francisco without Ed Lee,” Brown told CBS.

“He was a part of everything. He was the human rights director. He was head of purchasing during my administration. He was head of public works. He became the CAO [chief administrative officer] for the city ... I just can’t imagine the city without Ed Lee.”

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLet's support and ensure the safety of workers risking so much for us Congress eyes changes to small business pandemic aid Graham announces vote on subpoenas for Comey, Obama-era intel officials MORE (D-Calif.) expressed her condolences with a statement.

“Early this morning I learned of Ed Lee’s death,” she said in a statement. “It’s a very sad day for San Francisco and all of us who knew Ed. My thoughts turn to all of Ed’s family, especially Anita, Brianna and Tania. I know what this is like and wish I could give Anita a hug and express my sorrow.”

Many other prominent politicians expressed condolences as well, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump visits a ventilator plant in a battleground state Swalwell launching voter registration push MORE (D-Calif.).